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Mark Pearse

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    Sydney, Australia
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    We own a small classic yacht - a gaff sloop - which is excellent for day use & racing also. Cherub gets lots of use.

    I enjoy fishing & used to surf a lot. These days I'm a family man but we sail together.

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  1. Hi Steve They are very nicely shaped, remind me of the graceful oarlocks I saw on a Mediaeval long ship build. What oil do you use inside the hull?
  2. Golly - that's a remarkable boat. The hull appears to be very narrow near the tiller, & it must make some interesting moments for the helmsman when making a sharp turn.
  3. I think this an inwale - on the inside of the planking & aligns with the gunwale on the outer side of the planking.
  4. Hi Steve Yes, that's correct & Ian's boat is closely based on Ranger (her lines are a bit fuller than other versions of Ranger). If you search "youtube Ian Smith wooden boats" you'll find his channel, including recent videos on the Ranger build. My photos below are about 2 years ago. This video is from several weeks ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlJK3pfdWBs
  5. perhaps they grew mussels on them, the captain was fond of seafood chowder.....
  6. Hi Hakan The rivets have been very successful. Does the lump on the top of the keelson have any function apart from being the middle bearing of the floor beam? I could see something similar in Woodrats build. Also, it's surprising just how quickly the halyards wear the keel away, I wonder what they did when it was really wearing out - whether they replaced a large piece of keel or added a sacrificial piece.
  7. Thanks everyone The sanding is well progressed, I think hand sanding is the only way to do this. It's close in most areas now, time to keep a sharp eye on the shape. Fortunately a real shipwright (Ian Smith) made a half model of this boat & I've borrowed it, that will help a lot. I'll put up a photo. To even out hills & divots I used a piece of 1.5mm thick styrene that is a bit flexible & wrapped the sandpaper around it. A friend makes architectural models so I'll go & get some thinner stuff as well, to help with the concave sections. Especially the turn
  8. Thanks, an interesting photo. That scenery brings many memories to me, I went to the large island of Avenamaa (Åland) by small motor cruiser, as part of a 2 week trip through the Finnish south western archipelago from Helsinki. I later found out that the sailing trading vessels to & from Australia/Europe still operating after WWII were owned by a person or business on that island. Another fascinating thing was the video earlier in your blog; you can see that the square sail is very adaptable & the shape can be easily tweaked - flattened etc. When the boat was sa
  9. Hi Steve I hope you're managing ok with the water. The difference in colour makes me wonder exactly how bright gold leaf have appeared on a ship like that - not suggesting the leaf wouldn't have been gold in colour, but given the surfaces are carved wood & so constantly changing angle & shape.
  10. thanks everyone Amazing, a sunny day. The rain has been huge, much of the NSW coast has had over 400mm of rain in just the last week, & some places over 1m of rain in one week. Incredible volumes of water. But .... being selfish for just a moment, the sun certainly helps with taking photos. I started shaping the half model lifts. I kept a lines drawing nearby to make sure I knew whether the shape between the edge & the pencil line was straights, concave or convex. When it was clearly getting close, but harder to remove more timber with certainty, I glued them to
  11. Hi bolin, I just went through your whole build, a fascinating subject & you are doing a beautiful job. The builders of this really boat seemed to know exactly how light they could go - the method of frame supports (Post 70) for the upper planks is so delicate & beautiful. The very shallow cross sectional shape appears somewhat unlikely & earlier there was some brief discussion on just how seaworthy this craft might have been - however that photo of the heavily loaded Norwegian vessel shows just what similar vessels are capable of. Also, I have come to appre
  12. The question of volumes to scale seems to show how we tend to see scale as a linear dimension. We don't really see that for a model of 1:10, areas are at 1:100 scale (eg: a sail), & volumes are at 1:1000 scale (eg: ballast or hull volume). So it is curious that it still looks right. Hakan, I think what you have done is authentic.
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