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Javier Baron

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  • Birthday 02/28/1948

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  1. This beautiful sailboat with an aspect of a yacht is however a working vessel. Initially destined to the ostreiculture industry for which it worked in channels and sea arms, it also fished with bottom trawling gears common prawns and also captured other species like blue whiting, hake, herring, seabream and sole. The height of its rigging allowed it to catch high winds in the sheltered places where it sometimes fished. Well ballasted by forged cement in its bottom, it was well adapted to its environment thanks to its low draught and how easily it could be set aground.
  2. I finished the felucca. As I did not do it at the beginning, when I started this topic, I will put a brief introduction to introduce the model. The term felucca groups a diversity of small boats present throughout several centuries in the Mediterranean, which possessed sometimes quite different characteristics. The model reproduces a felucca from the Ligurian area of the mid-eighteenth century, based in the department of Porto Mauricio, in the Republic of Genoa, in the year 1759. The deck of this felucca presents a strong sheer, with a pronounced cantilever aft, which was called "a cadrega", which could be literally translated as "in saddle". In the main, this type of boat rigged with a latin sail can be considered as a derivative of the xebec, with its own peculiarities that responded to the navigation requirements of a ship of smaller dimensions than that one, and born at the beginning of the XVIII century precisely to be able to elude the attacks of the Berber pirate xebecs. The felucca was used both for fishing and for cabotage, changing its rigging as it was dedicated to one or the other purpose. To fish, he built a shorter and stronger yard, able to provide power and resistance to prevent the ship from turning under the wind due to a too long and difficult maneuvering surface. For the cabotage and the navigation with favorable time it prepared some finer yards that could carry larger sails that gave it more speed and allowed the transport of lighter loads. The model shows the pavilion of the Serenissima Republic of Genoa (a red cross on a white background) and the pennant of the Vicariate of Porto Mauricio, with four towers on a red background.
  3. A lot of thanks to all of you for your comments. I show some progress, although the model is currently more advanced...
  4. I stuffed with balsa wood from the first frame to the bow and from the last to the stern, and then stem to give it shape and to serve as a support to glue the strakes. Then, when I pull out the temporary frames, I also remove the balsa wood from the bow and from the stern. Best regards, Javier
  5. I do not know if it's necessary to explain anything at the beginning of my new project, which I present now although it is already advanced. I say that because the technique I used has been shown repeatedly on the forum and I do not want to repeat it. I support for its construction in the monograph of ANCRE "Felucca N.S, del Rosario" of Franco Fissore. For this reason, I will let the photos be the ones that show the successive stages of the process, and I am available for anyone wishing to ask questions about it. Regards, Javier
  6. In principle, I do it in a similar way; but in some points of the process it is something different. For example, the number of strakes I use is sometimes lower, since I do not like to lose 2 mm. in width by 0.6 mm. of thickness
  7. This vessel of Sicilia called “varca ri conzu” (conzu means longline in Sicilian dialect) fished with this fishing gear near the coasts of Catania and Ragusa, even though occasionally also used pots and bottom trawling nets to fish. These boats, of an elegant and stylish line, used to go profusely polychromatic with geometrical and figures as motives. Another typical characteristics are the acute prolongation of the bow stem that elevates much more than a mere functionality criteria would demand, and the presence of the spur that does not obey any specific function, and that it makes this vessel also known as “varca cu spiruni” for obvious reasons. Another singular characteristic of these boats is the spritsail which they are rigged with. This model is made from the plan and illustration of this vessel that appear in the book “Vele italiane della costa occidentale” of Sergio Bellabarba and Eduardo Guerreri.
  8. Thank you for your comments. In doing one of my models it takes from one to two months, depending on its complexity. You're right, working with small sizes makes it possible to do and be able to exhibit a large enough collection in your own home; at the moment my collection reaches 67 models. And you're also right about the fact that the sails are escaping, especially in this model I did five or six years ago. The sails of my current models, although still out of scale, disguise it better.
  9. In front of Boulogne, in the other side of the Liane River, the town of Portel has always been a nursery of sailors, that either practice deep sea fishing on board great ships or coastal fishing with the flobarts. These vessels of robust construction and from two to three tones of displacement are of very flat bottom (capable of floating in only thirty centimeters of water) and they set aground on the beach, thus being equipped of a center dagger board that can be extracted easily. At the beginning of the XIX century you could count twenty flobarts in Portel, number that reached fifty in 1850, thanks to the construction of a creek provided with two capstans that made setting them aground much easier. Later came a period of decadence in the fleet since the cove that served them as shelter went unprotected due to the extraction of the rocks that protected it used for the remodeling of the Boulogne port. Later on, the coastal fishing recovered impulse during WWII that made it difficult for the great vessels to set sail to fish. Nowadays you can once again count of about fifty flobarts at Portel. In the pictures I show both the vessel unfinished, so that the clinker of the hull and interior of the boat can be better appreciated, as well as the model already done and rigged with all its sails.
  10. It had no reason for functionality, it was merely decorative.

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