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Shore thing

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  • Birthday 12/26/1955

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    Cambridge Maryland
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    Boating, fishing, crabbing, woodworking, model building, photography, bird/nature watching, gardening, RC drone (aerial photography)

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  1. Windless improvement   Some of the Skipjacks I've seen have windlesses on their samson post.   Rosie Parks     Nathan     The kit gave me two map tacks to use as the windless.     I was unhappy with the look from the minute I installed them. Paint wasn't going to make them look any better. It was time to improve them.   I took a 1/4 dowel and put it in a drill. Then I formed the concave detail using a rattail file.     Brass was used to make gears and handles. A gold paint pen gave
  2. Hope this isn't too far off topic.   We had guests visiting for the weekend so we took them to the Chespeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. They have a number of vintage work and pleasure boats as well as some very interesting exhibits. In particular, they have a couple of Skipjacks and a Bugeye. I was most interested in seeing the Rosie Parks.     To my surprise, she had been stripped of her boom, mast, Yawl and most of her riggings. I soon found that the reason for this was to make repairs to the mast. It had developed some severe cracks at it's base.
  3. Yawl boat improvemets   Unlike building a boat such as the Kathryn that is documented and surveyed, this Skipjack is unidentified. That gives me a degree of license to choose between some of the differant styles of components that were on the various boats. The Yawl is one of them.   As previously posted, this is the picture of the Yawl that the kit had me build.     The Lady Katie's yawl.     and the Nathans.     As can be seen, the Nathan's yawl has more deck on the bow than the Lady Katie. In that respect it
  4. Ron, Thank you for the info and the offer. As far as the rigging goes, I am going to look through my fishing tackle to see if I have any wire leader that might work for the shrouds, fore and jib stays. I think it would look good if I actually used wire. We'll see. I bought some tan rope from Chuck and may change it out from the white when I re-rig everything. I am somewhat reluctant to put much of anything I haven't made on the model. The only things (hardware) I've used from the kit is the prop, steering wheel, some (plastic-yuk) cleats and parts from the bobbins. The
  5. Blocks and rigging.   Since I decided not to use most of the hardware included in the kit, blocks became another thing on the list to make. The directions showed me a way to make blocks that "resembled" the real thing. Not knowing what kind and size block was used in the various locations created a problem. So did trying to make them to scale. My effort to make them was less than perfect. From a distance they give the appearance of blocks where one would expect to see them. Up close, not so much. The same goes for the deadeyes I made.     Made a few rope coils to
  6. Tim, Thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate them. Ron, Thank you for the link, photos and the CAD drawing. It will be a great help as I attempt to improve my frame. The pictures and the drawing clearly show that the height is much taller than what was given in the kits directions. One thing I have noticed is that most of the winders I've seen are the same while there are several different configurations of frames. Kathryn's seams to be slightly simpler than others and should be easier to make......Famous last words. As you, I have also been follo
  7. I think I have figured out why I'm having such a hard time with the dredge winders "A" frame. Stopped by the Lady Katie today to have a look at how it was rigged. While I was there I noticed that the engine box and "A" frame are a bit taller than the 36" the directions told me to make them. I didn't have a tape measure with me and I wasn't about to go aboard uninvited. From my vantage point on the dock and roughly eight feet away, they both appeared to be at least 42", if not more in height. That explains why the scale of what I made looks so off to me. Looks like I'll be making th
  8. With the majority of the small parts made, it was time to start mounting them along with the mast. Holes were pre drilled and brass brads were cut off short to be used as both physical and decorative fastners.       The mast had been pre fit and all that was left to do was to glue it into place. The boat was adjusted on the stand so that the water line was level. A brad was inserted into the bottom end of the mast, trimmed to a 1/4" and then sharpened. Glue (PVA) was applied to the inside of the mast hole and the mast wedges. Once again using the level, the rake
  9. Thanks Ron. To be honest with you, it looks a little better in the pictures than it does in person. I burned through a lot of metal before I got to a point where I was somewhat happy. Keeping the width of the metal to scale has been tricky since I don't have a good way of cutting it. I need more practice, a good drill press and a milling machine..........And more practice. And more practice. And more practice. Reed
  10. Although the kit supplied me with a hardware pack, not everything was included. It would be up to me to make a number of metal parts. I also decided not to use most of the parts supplied because they were intended to be painted and I wanted them in bright brass. The first thing I attempted was the roller assembly. Per the instructions, I used a 1/4" brass tube to make the main roller. a 3/16" dowel was inserted into it and then it was cut to lenght. The dowel gave a place for a couple of brads to be inserted into the ends of the roller and act as attachment points. Cutting sheet brass, bending
  11. Ron, Thank you for your input. Good info. The ice shields would have been an absolute "Must have" on these boats. As you know, the weather here in Maryland varies wildly. The western part of the state (mountainous) has many days of below freezing temps and gets feet of snow each year. The eastern shore is a bit more temperate as it is surrounded by the ocean to the east and the bay to the west. In my life time I have only seen the main body of the bay freeze solid from shore to shore a handful of times. Last year was one of them. However, it is not uncommon for the tributary r
  12. A question. Why is it that the Willie L, Bennett seems to be (other then the un named Wye River Models kit I bought) the only Skipjack model for sale?
  13. Thanks Tim. I read the same thing about the carpenters. I also read that it might have been exaggerated to a large degree as many of the boats have been credited to ship builders. On the other hand, I firmly believe that a skilled carpenter may have been able to build a boat, especially one from the Eastern Shore. Combine the fact that boats were as much a part of life as houses were, with a good set of plans and some help or direction from a ship builder and anything is possible. I would also suggest that a good many carpenters supplemented their income working the waters and farms of th
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