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Member postings for Martin Honor 1

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Thread: Sailing Yacht to Restore
17/01/2021 12:45:08

I've made a start. Mast and spars have been sanded down and the first coat of varnish applied. Patterns for the sails made, some suitable fabric has been found and my wife hopes to make a start on them this afternoon.

Another question. Does anyone know what the piece of kit in photograph is for: The pieces, which are threaded on stiff wire, are rock hard now but probably were once soft rubber. Would this have been a home-made bow fender?


Thread: Destroyer!
01/01/2021 12:47:18

Very nice! The forward superstructure reminds me of the L & M classes of destroyer, especially the gun mountings which look like the Mk XI 4.7", rather than the Mk VII of the J, K & N classes.

As an aside about ensigns: during wartime they were worn continuously from either a gaff on the mainmast or a stump mast on the aft superstructure. An ensign staff is the peacetime harbour position and when in entering or leaving harbour. It is then shifted to the sea position.

Thread: Sailing Yacht to Restore
30/12/2020 15:57:05

Thank you Tony, and all who have welcomed me to this forum. From the plans she certainly looks like a 30" Sharpie. I will check the dimensions to confirm. Being a "Build it yourself" fits in with coming from a school, she was probably a DT class project at some time in the dim and distant past.

It is very useful having the details of the sail plan, both standard and reduced. Now when I have some suitable material I will sweet talk my wife into getting out her sewing machine.

Expect several more posts on here as I ask questions and show any progress made. My intention is to use a light touch and refurbish where possible rather than replace.

28/12/2020 10:49:37

At Christmas I was given an elderly model sailing yacht in need of restoration. It had lain unused in the DT department of a local school for at least 20 years and was destined to be thrown out unless someone took it away. So my daughter, who is a teacher at the school, thought it would be something for me to work on.

beam view.jpg

She is a fair-sized boat: 76 cm overall, 23 cm beam with a 112 cm mast, 41 cm main boom and 28 cm jib boom, and seems to be of an all-wood construction.

Most of the running and standing rigging has disintegrated with time and the sails are starting to fall apart.

So, I have several questions.

  1. Is she of a known class? The hull reminds me of the Star class of yachts, although the rake of the stem is not quite right.
  2. What is the best line to use to replace the rigging? I was thinking of an un-waxed whipping twine.
  3. What is the best material for the sails, and is there a recommended supplier?

As a former racing dinghy sailor I am more used to full sized boats than models, but I enjoy a challenge and would like to see this boat back on the water.

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