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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 Dick That's an astonishing ship, I hadn't appreciated just how dramatic the standing rigging would be. Do you have an idea how heavy the rigging blocks would be?
  2. Bravo Vaddoc, going nicely. Your comment on not being sure if you have enough blocks - a suggestion is to draw up the running rigging; it will also show how many blocks need a becket, etc. Mark
  3. Hi Steven Is the oar shape speculative? I'm just interested, as I row for pleasure & am amazed by how relatively small differences in oars make a lot of difference to the person. thanks
  4. Hi Geert A very interesting hull, a lot of volume for a short boat ... & yet the lines are sweet. Is there a risk in the hull being distorted by unequal loads from the planking?
  5. Hi Keith That's great, it's surprising how adaptable those tools are. To understand the use of the actual winch: if you were lowering the anchor, would someone be at the winch & using the brake lever manually to control the descent? thanks
  6. Hi Vaddoc nice to see that you're back on the tools. The blocks look very good.
  7. Hi Keith I agree with Eberhard, they look like sail ties at the ready for headsails.
  8. HI Steven that's a clever way to do the shields. What is the mould you're using?
  9. Hello Geert I have just seen this log - what a beauty, & the way you have built the model is just great. Especially well done on the sails. Is that the sort of anchor commonly used there? Mark PS: The gaff bridle discussion was very interesting. I think the arrangement as drawn would put too much compression on the spar. Gaff spars can bend under load & some of that is fine, but if you have some bend plus compression it would break much more easily than if the compression wasn't there. I think the change suggested would solve it.
  10. Very interesting, the weight isn't massive but the 2.2m length would help. The text claims the rectangular hole is for the rope - that doesn't make sense because of the precise rectangularity of the hole looks to be for a specific fitting such as the anchor flukes part. The small square hole just above the rectangular one, & perpendicular, could then be the cross piece (name?) that makes sure the fluke is pointing down.
  11. Hi Pete I've just come across you build, well done she looks great. The woodwork is nice & sharp. On the sails - why not try unshaped sails first? They will certainly work, & with that very soft fabric you're using there would be something like camber under wind pressure, & the leech will also open as the boom is so light it will lift. Doing panels to achieve camber is probably not going to be a faster sail unless the resulting shape is nice & smooth. I might not be following 100%, but if you do give it a go, the camber shouldn't be located at the leech (unless you're talking about roach) - if you are looking straight down from above there should be a gentle curve with the shape fairly even front to back, no emphasis on the front (luff) or back (leech). You can always adjust the emphasis of the camber by changing the tension in different parts of the sail. Is there dacron available in a weight suitable for model making ?

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