1/10 Scale frigate...

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by volkswagen50, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    I've been in the "Federalist", though only as a static display. She's a real nice piece, but I'd hate to have to sail her. She has very little room in her, being essentially a built down dayboat with an unusual rig. Maybe two forward and a couple aft could manage her.
     
  2. vhhjr
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    Especially the owner of the original, George Washington, as he was 6' 3" and 220 lbs. Would be a bit cramped. If one was built at 20' length it would be a lot more roomy.

    Vince Homer
     
  3. PAR
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    I don't believe 'ol George ever sailed the original. It was a gift and intended to show gratitude, not sailing pleasure and lost shortly after delivery. It was sailed on about a week long trip for the presentation. I can only imagine the sailing skill level (long lost) necessary to handle this little boat.
     

  4. vhhjr
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    I did complete the larger model and have done some limited stability tests. It took several lbs of lead in the keel to get it down to the waterline and a reasonable righting moment. The yards can be braced, the jibs raised and lowered by RC and it does have an electric motor. There's a Youtube video of the "Homer Bracing Winch" that explains how the pulley system works. The forward pulleys control the jibs and the aft the spanker.

    I'll add a couple more photos later.

    VHH New Walter Mitty Bracing Winches.jpg New Walter Mitty.jpg
     
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