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  1. Interesting detail there and it may be useful for me too
  2. Work is proceeding on the rig, the sails are ordered and should be available mid January while the hardware is in the garage and the spars are slowly taking shape. I've planed enough shavings off the spars in rounding them to fill a 240ltr bin! I've been sanding for a few days and now only have the 240 grit to go on the mast and they're done. I came to the realisation that I could either have three near round spars or three perfectly round toothpicks! I opted for the near round spars.
  3. Mark, it's interesting how the old boat builders knew how to make them that way but we don't today. The Waratah is the same, 160 tons, 33mtrs long and no wake to speak of. Granted she's going slow in these pics but she never makes much more wake
  4. Just found this, exceptional craftsmanship here. I'll have to follow along
  5. Yeah space is an issue for most of us, you'll note the bandsaw is on wheels so it can be put away. When the boat and car are in the garage everything fits in like a jigsaw puzzle but thankfully I have the room to do that.
  6. Time to build the rig. I went and bought a lump of Sitka Spruce 75x150x5100 from which I can get all three components:- Mast is 4100x70 diam Boom is 2530x52 diam Yard is 2580x50 diam Obviously they all taper but those are the max dimensions. It took some planning to physically cut it all due to the size.
  7. I'm really looking forward to the day she goes back into the water
  8. She finally has her name. She's named in honour of my daughter who passed away at 13
  9. My son lives in Canberra and each time he's come to Sydney the weather has been lousy for boating so on Sunday I took her to Canberra and put her in Lake Burley Griffin, it was a perfect day for it. It took a while for him to get out of kayak paddle mode and into row mode but when he did we made pretty good head way, we came alongside the jetty at the Australian Museum, tied up and went in for lunch followed by more rowing and a spot of fruitless fishing before rowing back to the boat ramp. He took a pic of her when we launched her and he has an eye for pictures, always takes a better pic than I do.
  10. I guess the sky is not the limit after all the ceiling is! That's an unusual problem to have in the model workshop.
  11. Thanks guys. She was entered in the Davistown putt putt and wooden boat regatta last Sunday but the weather forced cancellation. It would have been nice to see what the judges thought of her though I didn't build her as a show boat so didn't expect to win anything. Hopefully I'll have my electric drive next month so I'll be able to enjoy her a bit more and then after I find myself a permanent home will come the mast, boom, gaff and sails.
  12. She's a good model but that scale is hard to work with, especially for a beginner. Having said that I say good on you and well done. Here's the one I made, you might be able to get ideas from it even though it's behind glass and I don't have it anymore so can't take detailed pics.
  13. I have that type of pencil shown on deck, it really puts the scale of this build into perspective.
  14. Beautiful work as always, it's a great scale to work in.
  15. I have finished the rudder and tiller, the tiller has been given a brass rubbing strip in case buoyancy lifts it causing it to rub in the transom slot and the haul up/down lines have been replaced with a single closed loop system which will mean there are no hard to manage loose ends getting in the way.
  16. I love seeing updates on this build, you never fail to impress.
  17. AH! the weight of the chain drags her off. Interesting. She has quite good capacity, they say four adults while rowing but 2 while sailing. Even with that there would be plenty of room for camping gear etc. I am more confident with her now and when I had her out on Tuesday I tried standing up as well as getting in and out with all my weight outside the centre and she will rock put only to a point, I think I'd have to try really hard to tip her over. I even had a few tinnies go past me at various speeds, especially in the opposite direction but parallel so their wake hit me on the beam at an angle and to my surprise she didn't rock very much at all, most of the movement was fore and aft as if she was head on to the waves. One bloke in a tinny came up along side to compliment me on her and I got a few calls out from ashore to the same effect.
  18. Little bit of an update on the boat. Last time I took it out I tried rowing from the aft position and found that the oars were hitting the gunwhales as I lowered them into the water causing them to lift in the rowlocks and almost out the top at times. I had mounted the rowlocks flush on the whales because I like the uninterrupted sheer and they were high enough above the thwarts according to the designer (for rowing purposes) I made riser blocks which lifted them 19mm and today I took her out for another row. The height is really good now and sitting in the aft position she is rowing easily and faster, I went 3.3K's before I realised it! The trip back to the boat ramp was much harder because I had a head wind and the boat is all over the place due to the freeboard catching the wind so I have to move to the forward position to row into the wind so the bow stays down further into the water, much easier to control but slower. It was a good day. Before After A little more rope work, just because I enjoy it Some pics from today I realised that the previous pics of the boat show a temporary centre board case cover, I wanted to see where the centre board would sit when deployed before making the proper one, the pic is a bit ordinary but it's mahogany with a hoop pine centre strip.
  19. Pioneer is just about the perfect looking sail boat!
  20. Hey Mark, if I'm honest I got her pretty much done before posting it, I started late last year just working nights and weekends but I quit work early March and have worked on the boat full time until completion which means about 6 months. You are right about wear and tear in fact when I launched her she bounced on the painter and came forward into the dock on the port bow. I couldn't get to it to prevent the hit but I didn't worry, it's a boat after all. I also chose to finish the interior in mat oil so it's easy to touch up and stress free. She'll carry 4 adults under oars but two under sail and yes I do plan to fit her with a gunter sloop rig. Not sure where I'll be taking her but I like the Burnum Burnum area near Woranora while I'm learning more about her and I'm only rowing for now so no big outings on the harbour planned yet.

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