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  1. Gareth

    36R Information

    Hi John, Thanks for responding to my 36R query. In the absence of any feedback when I first posted the question I went ahead and finished the yacht using the supplied keel weight 'as is' on the basis that if the worst came to the worst, I could shave some lead off the sides of the weight. In sailing condition with the vane fitted, the bottom of the stem and transom are both slightly below the water line, probably by about 5 mm. I spoke to Ray Baker at Gosport last August and he suggested the boat is a bit heavy and it would be worth reducing the ballast weight to get them both just at the waterline. The yacht was measured at Fleetwood last October and has now been registered. We test sailed it for a couple of hours at Fleetwood the following day and it seemed to perform well, although we did not have any opposition to compare its performance with. The final all up weight in sailing configuration came out to be just under 11 lbs. I have decided to leave the keel weight for now and my plan was to sail it in a few of the Fleetwood 36R events this year and see how it performs. I joined as a country member this year as there are no suitable free sailing waters or events near where we live in East Yorkshire. Alas that plan seems to have been overtaken by events. I have attached a couple of photos of the finished yacht and there are some additional ones taken during the build on the Model Boats forum with a link to those here:- https://www.modelboats.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=142365 Gareth
  2. Your yachts look like a 1970 Roger Stollery design called Bloodaxe.
  3. You could well be right there tiggy_cat Gareth
  4. Hi Paul, I think the winch would have driven a closed loop above the deck with the lines coming from the winch drum, through the deck via the two plastic tubes and round a pulley system on the deck. We have a Marblehead with a similar system, coincidentally also with a Nylet sailwinch. I have attached a photo below, its not as complicated as it looks. The sheets for the main sail and jib would be attached to the closed loop. I guess the aluminium tube is a telescopic main sheet post so that the sheet can be guided to a point just below the attachment to the mainsail boom. On the Marblehead in the picture this is achieved by a rather less elegant sheet metal tower/bracket assembly. Are you thinking of planking the deck or just lining it with ink to give an impression of planking? We have done both and I would probably recommend lining as easier and lighter. I wrote an article on deck lining for the Turning Pole (the Journal of the Vintage Model Yacht Group). If you pm me your email address I could send you a copy. I also looked at your A class on Ebay, but decided the 58 lb A class boat we already have is heavy enough to lug around. Unfortunately I cant identify your yacht, hopefully someone on here will know what it is. Gareth
  5. Gareth

    36R Information

    I have tried putting the hull in our pond with the keel weight in approximately the correct position. The water line came up to less than 10 mm above the bottom of the stem and just on the bottom edge of the transom. On this basis I think the weight will probably be OK after all, provided I fix it in the correct location longitudinally on the centreline. However any advice would be gratefully received. Gareth
  6. Gareth

    36R Information

    I have been given a bare fibre-glass 36R hull which I would like to build as a vane steered model. I have been told the hull is a Jagermeister by Martin Dovey but unfortunately he no longer has any drawings of that design, which is about 30 years old. The hull came with a keel weight which seems to my inexpert eye to be a bit on the heavy side at 3.75 kg. Does anyone have any information on this design or could anyone advise me whether the keel weight is likely to be correct? Gareth Jones
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