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Resurrection ov a 1930s vintage Class A Yacht

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#1 John Ball

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:26 AM

This is from the latest issue of the newsletter of the Confederation Marine Modellers - The Helmsman

The resurrection of a vintage 1930's Brain steered Class A yacht,

When Paul acquired this sailboat it needed
some work done to complete it. The magazine
“Popular Mechanics” published plans for this type
in the early 1930’s, so it is a reasonable assumption
that his model was built sometime after 1935, and
probably before WWII.
It is an impressive size, standing 88” high, 75”
long, and weighing in at an imposing 38 lbs. When
Paul first acquired it, the only place it could be
stored was in the kitchen. (There are more risks to
that arrangement than dare be contemplated.) There
are no remote controls on it; you just set it sailing
across the pond and either have someone on the
other side to turn it around, or run like crazy to get
there before it does. It was quite a popular type of
sailboat on the Kensington Round Pond in London
in the days before folks had cars to transport their
boats, even if there were cars of a size able to
transport one. The boats were stored in a clubhouse
adjacent to the pond.
Paul completed assembly of the boat, and
refinished the hull, coating the deck with many
layers of Spar varnish, and the hull with multiple
coats of Tremclad paint. The sails are original,
although they needed cleaning before they were
There is reason to believe that the model had
not sailed before, because there were no marks on
the hull indicating contact with the pondside. On
its first dip in the water, water started leaking in.
Paul fixed this with gaskets around the bolts which
secured the keel. The model first sailed at the
Humber Bay pond in April this year, and a video
of its maiden voyage can be seen at:
THE earliest model yachts had no steering gear
whatsoever, and consequently were unable to sail a
good course when the wind was anywhere abaft
the beam. In 1906 Mr. George Braine of
Kensington evolved the steering gear for models
which bears his name (shown below). By this gear,
the angle of the rudder can be made to vary in
exact ratio to the pressure of the wind on the sail
that is attempting to throw the boat off course.

#2 R Booze

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Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:58 AM

Ok now, this is some bitchin shit......