Just four years in the building, as and when the mood takes me, the Victory now has her masts and bow sprit.
Now onto the spars, about 13 of them.
I needed a 'lathe'!
.......using this adjustment rod and my hand drill .....
This is my lathe completed and working. My drill doesn't have a lock on the proportion speed trigger so I use a small adjustable clamp. At the moment I use a bastard file to reduce and taper the main yard . It's working fine on this 8mm dia, let's hope it'll be good fore the thinner ones.
Fordsport is coming on slowly
The flared hull sides requiring a double curvature are quite a challenge
Not 3D printing this month! Brazing together stainless steel sheet and rod to make the rudders
Dreamlinia - boat no sink!
Shaft and rudder fitted, it floats in the domestic test tank.
With sound deadening modifications of rubber mounting the motor and barriers made from a cork bath mat, all 5 foot 8 inches of the twice size Sea Commander now purrs around the lake
The club has been donated this 'Marlin' boat for visitors to have a go. It has 'proper' radio, a 540 motor and goes very nicely.
Martin Prior was loading torpedoes
while Ken Pond was patrolling the harbour
A lucky escape when the 'spread' of torpedoes went either side of the HDML
Time to re-load
Now a foreign aircraft carrier is spotted (in the Solent?)
so Ken sends a French 'Mistral' customs launch to investigate
What could be more pleasant than a gentle cruise in a luxury Italian speedboat?
or perhaps the thrill of Deklyn's bargain Helion Rivos - plenty fast enough for Crowborough
How fast does it go mister?
The GPS telemetry shows the maximum achieved was 17.49 MPH