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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 Keith the decks are looking superb, & in good scale as well. A question: do you think that glueing the rods in is stronger than solder, or is there another reason? thanks
  2. Hi Michael that's very clever work with the table saw, thanks - and and very nice result. I don't know the timber, but it does look lovely. For the thicknesser, do you replace the aluminium guides on the sides to adjust the thickness? all the best
  3. Nice job on the anchors, & amazing how similar it is to the typical modern fisherman's anchor. Just to add to the anchor chain discussion: there is an alternative way of getting an actor to bite, by using a decent sized weight with an eye on the top. The anchor line goes through the eye & a second lighter line is tied off to the eye, & you lower it down along the anchor line. Even if you have a chain, in difficult conditions it will dramatically increase the holding power of an anchor. I wonder if they kept one on board? If you had no chain then you would require something like this or the anchor just won't work. One advantage is its simplicity, & chain was probably a relatively expensive commodity.
  4. Hi Vaddoc Nice to see the project back. My eyes are not good for close up work, but an optivisor has been great.
  5. Hi John Great to see that the gears of industry are turning again. All the best,
  6. Hi Keith Your machinery skills are a pleasure to follow. On the repair using paint question, wouldn't the deck darken over time but the paint stay the same?
  7. HI Steve the work is very delicate. The way you've used two contrasting colours of the timber also looks superb. I like the idea of the stand, but have you tried it upside down? To me it needs a solid base & delicacy where it meets the hull - I like the concept but I think that design unfortunately obscures too much of the hull. The idea of making look like a 1:8 cradle is clever, & I encourage you to not discard the entire concept.
  8. Hi Steve, lovely work, & it's great how a model is every bit as fascinating as a full sized boat. I'll be following along with great interest for the rest of the ride. PS If you are interested, the Balmain Regatta Sunday week has a waterman's boat event, I'm entering & launching across the bay at Woolwich....be in touch if you are interested, we could meet & row across together all the best, Mark
  9. Hi John it's really nice to watch how the feel of the boat increases with each addition.

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