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Member postings for Nigel Northwood

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Thread: Chez-When - 34" Sailing Cruiser
10/07/2022 10:01:15

img-20210529-wa0005.jpgseems there's more of these around than you think

Thread: Vic Smeed Sea Mew
02/05/2022 15:34:39

On the water, at last! The original design did not feature a bowsprit


24/04/2022 16:12:26


Managed to do what was needed the existing 'thimbles'. There looks like a lot of 'spaghetti' on that boat.

18/04/2022 13:37:47

This is how it was when I bought it. The mast is (atm) relatively short with a wooden , removable extension. The sails are Nylet.


18/04/2022 13:31:15

The little metal ring, probably about 6mm across, is what I've been after.


18/04/2022 10:41:50

Always!. But it doesn't mean they carry the item wink

18/04/2022 09:03:08

Thanks. I am trying to keep it 'period', if not 100%, to the original plans, which I've managed to get a copy of, and it'd already been converted to r/c, so I've tried to tidy that up.

In remaking the wire rigging, I've been trying to get replacement 'thimbles', to go in the eyes.

The model has four stays, one in each corner, and no shrouds. For ease of dismantling/erecting, (I guess), two of the stays had rigging screws, while the other two were shorter with an extension of cord, tensioned with a bowsie. The thimbles act as a pulley block to allow free movement of the cord.

For some reason, these thimbles are not easy to obtain anymore, although Cornwall had some really tiny ones, way too small.

The chap in our local guitar shop kindly gave me a number of old strings, which use a bead , or ball end, as they're called, at the bridge end of the string. These are still a bit small, but should do.

17/04/2022 14:58:49

I did email them a while ago about an unknown hull, but I don't think I ever got a reply (it was during the lockdowns).

I know what this one is, but there don't seem to be many (any?) around. It was only ever available as a plan (circa 1958), not a kit, intended for free sailing/ vane control, at a time when cats were a bit of an unknown quantity.

16/04/2022 20:43:45

60 views, no answers. I knew there weren't many of these around ......

15/04/2022 13:42:07

Currently working on a restoration an fitting of r/c into an old Vic Smeed Sea Mew. Has anyone else got one?


Thread: Todays Boating
10/01/2022 10:08:41

fb_img_1641761409217.jpgfb_img_1641761462516.jpgAn unusual restoration project took to the water for the first time in many years yesterday. It didn't start life as a swing rig. Or as an "Expedition" style yacht.

Thread: Tucker Silhouette Mk2 (see album)
30/10/2021 17:08:07

The end of the season.20211024_114549.jpg

Thread: Self Steering Mystery
22/07/2021 09:19:15

I've seen similar & I've just acquired a very old hull to rig up for simple self steering. Is the rudder attached to the cranked arm or to the post further aft?

Thread: Tucker Silhouette Mk2 (see album)
04/07/2021 14:32:36

20210704_111757.jpgOutboard motor and mounting bracket added.20210704_111932.jpg

Edited By Nigel Northwood on 04/07/2021 14:33:46

Edited By Nigel Northwood on 04/07/2021 14:35:43

Thread: 2021 Builds during lockdowns
30/06/2021 10:10:27
Posted by Malcolm Frary on 30/06/2021 09:46:23:

Just guessing, but I have a feeling that the original builder had some misconceptions about rigging a yacht which might have contributed to the abandonment of the project. Some closer pictures of the sails might help confirm or deny.

As a general rule, the leading edge should be arranged to be straight, the trailing edge left to find its shape. On most swing rigs the fore sail has its own boom rather than being loose footed, and, just like any other yacht, there is a "slot" between the trailing edge of the fore and the mast.

I wouldn't put any importance on the existing sails and rigging. They've been just tied on (for display?). The deck still has shroud plates so I think it had a conventional rig when it was built (the mast has a spreader and eyes at the bottom for a diamond rig as it is).

It'll certainly need a spar in the foot of whatever foresail I make up for it

30/06/2021 09:49:00

If I decide to stick with the swing rig, I'm certainly going to slim it down!



Edited By Nigel Northwood on 30/06/2021 09:51:01

Edited By Nigel Northwood on 30/06/2021 09:51:22

Edited By Nigel Northwood on 30/06/2021 09:51:53

30/06/2021 09:06:52

Added a photo of the gun turret, er, I mean mast base.g6.jpg

29/06/2021 19:26:34

The yacht is fitted with a 'swing rig', where the mast rotates and the jib is attached to it's own boom, usually with a sprit/spar underneath the sail which pivots on the boom. While initially complicated, the amount of adjustment while sailing can be reduced. Why the mounting block for the booms is so massive, I don't really know. The boat is 200 miles away at the moment. I saw it on Marketplace and it happened to be very close to where my sister lives, so she collected it. I'll go and get it next month.

29/06/2021 10:42:36

Hadn't really intended to take on another refurb, but this is just so different ....and I've no idea what it started life as but I don't think it had that massive swing rig originally.


Thread: Tucker Silhouette Mk2 (see album)
07/06/2021 19:27:22

Richard, sorry, I missed that somehow. Maybe next time.

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