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Edward Bowser

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  1. spent a few minutes folding tissue paper to see what furled sails might look like. I think you could get away with minimal extra rigging - just sheets and leave off the bunt etc lines.....
  2. Hi - just wondering if you have yet started the Belem ?

    1. Michel L.

      Michel L.

      No sir, it is on the shelve. I have huge work to be done in parish at this time.

  3. That's very impressive. More than I could aspire to. I am currently restoring a Billings Cutty Sark I made 35 years ago and am toying with the easier option of adding furled sails made from tissue paper. They would be a 'harbour furl' where the 'sausage' of the sail is pulled up on top of the yard and sits on the jackstays. All you need (I think) is to tie the gaskets onto the jackstay, sit the sail on top and tie it on with the gaskets. On the subject of the angle of the yards, unless sailing direct downwind, each yard will be braced up a bit further than the one below giving a corkscrew
  4. That really is a surprisingly significant change and makes one wonder about other details of the plans. I can see that once the hull is planked there is little you can do about it.
  5. Hi Doug That's really helpful - thank you. I now understand it and at least I wasn't being dumb over the plans ! The reason for the question - many years ago (before the days of internet forums) I started on Leon using Underhill plans and Plank on Frames. I built the keel and deadwood, the counter frames and a few main frames. I realised that unless I knew how to mark up the 'moulded' sides the interior was never going to be right and the internal stringers, planking etc wouldn't lie correctly - so I gave up. Most bits got lost over the years but I still have the keel and deadwood which I
  6. Hi, I've read your log with great interest and look forward to seeing its continued progress. You must be very satisfied with what you have achieved. One question for you (or any followers of your build) - which is way out of the current timeline and goes back to the frames. The Underhill plans and books show you how to mark out the outer face of the frames but give no clue as to the inner face. Does the frame get wider as you go down the hull or does it remain constant all the way down. If the former how do you determine it at each station ?
  7. Hi all. Looks like there could be an entire forum for people restoring long made Billings CS's ! I am another of them. I wish I had found this thread a couple of months ago as it answers a number of queries I had (although raised a whole heap more !). Anyway, thank you all for the info and hope mine gets somehwre like as good as I am seeing. I made mine in the mid 1980's. Like others, I clearly lost the will to live and didn't finish some aspects - fife rails, rudder pintles, stern decal. The BIG mistake I made was not building a case for it. 35 years in various houses, including 10 on a
  8. Whilst a member for many years this is my first ever post ! I also made a Billings Cutty Sark many years ago. I did in fact pretty well finish it although I must have got bored at the very end because a few fittings never got put on. Anyway, my big mistake was not to build a case for it, and it spent 35 years sitting in various unprotected places including for 10 years on a beam in the kitchen. It eventually resembled something out of Pirates of the Caribbean. I decided to try and clean it only to discover that most of the rigging, particularly the running rigging had rotted and all the dead e
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