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Paul T08/08/2020 19:47:25
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vintage yacht 2.jpgGuess what I have bought.

vintage yacht 1.jpg

Yes its a traction engine.

But seriously I would like to identify this model so does anyone know anything about this particular type of model.


Colin Bishop08/08/2020 20:01:45
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That's a lovely boat Paul.


Paul T08/08/2020 20:18:02
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Hi Colin

I am very happy with it.

It was built in the 1950s by a member of Arsenal Local Model Yacht Club in Birkenhead it stands almost 6ft from keel to mast head, I have never heard of the Arsenal Local Model Yacht Club.


Bob Abell09/08/2020 08:02:59
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Hi Paul

Is it radio controlled or a free sailer?


Malcolm Frary09/08/2020 08:50:35
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In the 1950's radios generally fitted into a small sideboard, so originally, almost certainly a free sailer. A "serious" model would generally have some sort of steering correction, but there is no sign of a vane sitting on the stern, and no sign of the deck fittings that are associated with Braine gear. It might have a weighted rudder, but that is from a much earlier time.

i don't see any running rigging that might allow sail control by a radio if one got fitted later, but that doesn't mean that it is not a "steering only" model where the sails get set and you hope that as set they will give enough control.

The hull length might gve a clue as to any class it might belong to. On the other hand, it might have been built from a plan in something like the "Boys Own Paper" or similar to be a good looking boat intended to give pleasure sailing on a pond.

Gareth Jones09/08/2020 09:34:40
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Hi Paul,

Can you provide the hull length and beam? A side on photograph showing the hull and keel profile would also help.


Paul T09/08/2020 15:01:50
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Hello Bob

I presume that it was built as a free sailer because as Malcolm pointed out the radio gear back then was huge and very expensive.

However the previous owner fitted a 3 channel system including a 'get me home motor' for when the boat is in the middle of the lake and wind dies.

Hello Malcolm

There is no outward evidence of automatic sailing gear but it does have a nice large rudder, I think you are correct about it being a nice looking boat for pleasurable sailing.

Hi Gareth

As soon as the sun decides to stop its impersonation of a flame thrower I will get the boat out of the car and take lots of photos and measurements and would be very grateful for any of your insights.


ashley needham09/08/2020 18:27:02
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What Colin said. A very nice boat. Classic pond dimensions and all that nice wood.


Bob Abell09/08/2020 18:34:24
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Now then, Paul, tell us please..........

What`s the story, and how have you acquired it ?


Paul T09/08/2020 18:34:31
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Hi Ash

I am really looking forward to sailing this one.


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