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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. that's great news Steve. Look out for my mate Mike & his Jock Muir yacht Lahara A121, the blue spinnaker (pale green coachhouse roof is easy to recognise). I'm not sure where she is moored.
  2. You've done a wonderful job. An interesting boat, a couple of things are especially interesting: With the person in the model for scale you realise just how big the boat is, especially the rudder & tiller arm are huge; also it's interesting how high the freeboard is. I'd love to go for a sail on that!
  3. As you asked: I think this will interest you Michael, a mate's grandfather built this lathe in the '30s; his father (now 90) inherited it & built 8 working steam scale locomotives & numerous stationary & traction engines with it. It's just been restored by my friend's brother - what a good story.
  4. Best of luck with that Steve. Is it inland, Orange / Bathurst area? We had sheep & cattle between Oberon & Bathurst when I was a kid, so that area is close to my heart.
  5. It's hard to see on the photo, but does the mast have thumb cleats, or something like that, that the shrouds pull up against. thanks, Mark
  6. Hi Pat Ha! Yes the submarine 'Platypus Trophy' is a curious one for a sailing club. I don't recall what the connection is.... A couple of the grander sailing clubs have some very nice models - if you're in town, The Squadron (Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron) & CYC (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia), up in Pittwater the Royal Motor Yacht Club - they all have great collections. Notable is the CYC's half model of every handicap winner of the Hobart.
  7. And now the half model, with trophy name plate, is up on the wall of our sailing club. It has some interesting company.
  8. best of luck sorting that out, good that you picked it up now You will be very happy to know that the thing you used to get the floor shape actually has a name - it's called a joggle stick
  9. Hi Vaddoc It's exciting to see the planking commence. I hope you get some more time to build in the near future. Are you planning to set up any battens or thread to sight the planking lines?
  10. that looks excellent, & it's very unusual - what do you use for the clenching?
  11. Hi Silverman. Nice clean work there. I also used dry heat to bend timber, mainly with a hot air gun. I did use boiling water once because it had to be softened along it's full length at once - but I don't think the timber was more flexible from that technique than just dry heat. For planks I would look at the twist required & then clamp one end of the plank, then apply hot air & twist the timber with the other hand...let cool & check...twist some more etc. Mark
  12. Thanks everyone Hi Druxey, I proposed this Trophy (most sailing clubs have a lot of trophies, so additional ones are not always welcomed) to encourage classic yachts from other clubs to sail with us (The Sydney Amateur Sailing Club). We have a Sunday non-spinnaker classics series, & one race from this series becomes an 'invitational' race, so open to casual entries from anyone. To make it more interesting a bottle of whisky & your name on the trophy are both on offer - so at the annual prize giving day you get to have the trophy on your table & take the whisky home. It's pretty amazing what people will do for a bottle of whisky & some sparkly silverware, but it's all part of the fun. When the trophy is up on the wall, I'll post a picture of it.
  13. I wonder if they used the yoke to lock the rudder off while rowing, & used it for steering only while sailing. Wefalck seemed to be pointing to this.
  14. Hi Roger, Good question, & the answer is a bit long perhaps.....I decided to do that cutaway for the propeller when, fairly late in the build, I looked back at the drawings & saw that the cutaway is shown. So although parts of the boat as shown are speculative (the drawing doesn’t show the rig, cockpit aperture, rudder/tiller or centreboard), I wanted the hull to be as accurate to the design as I could make it. If the model is for myself I could do what I wanted - but in this case the model will be with other half models on a wall of our sailing club, where the designer was a member for most of his life. So, I have been mindful of the place of a model to be a kind of history. Few people will take the trouble to look at the drawings but lots will see the model. It’s a minor detail, but I was swayed by the knowledge that having it the same size & shape as the drawing would be an indicator of the effort to be accurate in the hull.
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