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J Boat Endeavour By Floyd Kershner - Amati - 1:35


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Well when you are getting frustrated with your current project there are only a few choices on what to do:

 

1. You could continue on. From My experience bad things happen in this situation

2. You could burn the model and give up

3. Or you could just put it away for a bit and turn to another project. :) The only downside of this is the evil stares from the admiral. and she says "Another project?!!"

 

Elsewhere on this site there is another log of this wonderful kit. Seeing that build reminded me what was on my shelf. One thing led to another and now you will see the results.

 

Being a huge fan of America's Cup I just had to have a nice kit of a famous boat from that series. I think this is one of the most beautiful boats there is.

 

So without Further ado I give you the Endeavour!

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So let me share some of my first impressions of this kit. First off have I said this boat is a monster? She is very big! I am looking forward to a lot of nice detail.

 

The pictures below are the result of about 90 min of tinkering. All of the parts fit together vary nicely with almost no sanding. You will note that the laser burn marks are still evident. What you see in these pictures is also almost completely without glue. Everything is snug and tight. It to some force to get it together, but I am ready for sanding and fairing.

 

The plans are excellent. The instruction are good. They could be a bit more detailed, but they come in several pamphlets. One for each language. I forgot to mention that each bundle of planking is labeled! With dimensions and what it is to be used for. I have not seen this on any other model. The labels are in 4 languages.

 

PS you will note the mat it is laying on is 33 inches wide! This is a whale of a model. Not sure what the admiral will say when I try to display it in the living room.

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Floyd, you sly devil!  Starting a second build right under the Admirals eye.  I am looking at the "Flying Fish" box right now with great longing.  I will be following along with this one, she has such wonderful lines.  BTW, there is a 4th option - that is to do nothing at all for months at a time and call it "pondering the next steps".

 

Bob

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Yes that is one of the options in the design. But I already have 2 R/C boats. So I am going to leave this one for display only.

 

Floyd,  I have seen some beautiful prize winning scale models that were RC.  So build her with the RC options. Someday you may want to sail her. 

 

Bob

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Bill - Unfortunately we sold the house so I don't have my personal piece of heaven in the forest. But in the new place. The Admiral was kind enough to allow me to set up a work table in the Office/Bedroom. As log as I promised there would be no sawdust. All sanding and power tools are in the Garage.

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Will enjoy following this monster along Floyd, there was a slightly smaller completed hull only (mast was a stump to just above the gooseneck but had the boom too) model of this beast in a local antique store about 1 year ago, green painted on red below waterline with  brass fittings and boy was she pretty!! couldn't say if she was from a kit or not, but I've seen some special models over the years and she would be ranked amongst them!

 

Best of Luck with Endeavour

 

Eamonn

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So here is an update on my progress.

 

First a couple of comments -

 

1. I decided to dispense with the drop keel. It only detracts form the wonderful lines.

2. As discussed in Sailor's log the instructions are very unclear about the first row of planking. but it appears we both agree that it should be flush with the false deck. There is a double wide strip that lays on the edge of the deck that will cover the seam.

3. I had a slight wow in the keel. And thanks to a house call from Dr. Per I discovered the problem before it was difficult to fix.

4. I had to add material to both sides of 5 bulkheads so that the first plank was flush.

5. I should also mention I plan to paint all of the hull. and there will be no 2nd layer of planking. Easy Peasy.

 

So without further delay -

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During the "house call" at Floyd's Shipyard I was able to catch the man in the action...... sort off :D

In the background his lovely dog Willow but also the J-yacht Endeavour.

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This picture is good to give the idea of the sheer size of the yacht.

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Floyd in action adding planks to the bulb and first two flush with deck.

The bulb planks measure 2x2mm while the regular planks are 1x4mm, that will result with a lot of sanding to get a uniformed side.

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Thanks Per! Good pictures except for that grey haired guy. When did he get so old? Do let me know when you are up for another house call. We accomplished a lot and had some great music. It was a wonderful weekend!

 

For the rest of my viewers. I was assigned a very demanding project the day Dr. Per left. So the planking has slowed. But I do at least 4 planks a day. The new project if successful will create over 1000 jobs in many countries for my company. So I am working 12 hr. days and 7 days a week for a couple of weeks. I will post pics as soon as there is something significant to report.

 

Also look who just achieved the rank of Captain. I think that extra stripe look pretty good. :)

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