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Kingfisher a gaff rig pilot cutter

Started by michael mott, February 27, 2012, 10:40:22 PM

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Andi Little

I'm not even on the same planet as this guy!!!

Bliddy marvellous - yet again!!!
KBO..................... Andi.


Seeing how the blocks & thimble are created gives real appreciation.


Holy moly....just keeps getting more amazing.
I am an unreliable witness to my own existence.

In the corners of my mind there is a circus....


Chuck Doan

True artistry in fabrication, both the doing and the result. Goood stuff!
"They're most important to me. Most important. All the little details." -Joseph Cotten, Shadow of a Doubt




As always, I enjoy your marvellous work - Great craftsmanship and brilliant SBS!

michael mott

Peter had asked about this cutter and yes I am still picking away at it.

I am particularly pleased with the main-sheet blocks the embossed nameplate made by embossing the reverse side with a 9h pencil into some annealed .002" brass shimstock.

the companionway doors are mahogany with hinges made from 10 thou brass sheet

The hull is now painted and has undergone a float test the first test used 66lbs of lead ballast in the form of used wheel balance weights

She will need at least another 40lbs of ballast to bring her down to the waterline.

Currently she is in dry dock waiting for me to get motivated to get some work done


Allan G

Incredible craftsmanship!!!!! And......a scale marlin spike. Allan

Ray Dunakin

Really fine work! Love the homemade hinges.
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Chuck Doan

Thanks for the update! That is going to be a heavy model!
"They're most important to me. Most important. All the little details." -Joseph Cotten, Shadow of a Doubt


michael mott

Thanks for the compliments.

QuoteThat is going to be a heavy model!

I realized right away after the float test that I would need to be able to do two things

One have easily removable ballast billets rather than the random wheel weights that we had dropped into the hull for the first test, I have been melting the weights into a small piece of 3 inch  steel angle with the ends blocked with some 1/8th steel flats these are approximately 2 lbs each and can be lifted in or out easily.

The other is to have a launching cart like this one which is being built from a recycled kiddie cart.




Well, yes, you do seem to have made some adequate progress. -- Russ


Hmmm..  as I always thought, a ship modeller is an extraordinary species!
Carrying a 100 lbs boat into water, that's like carrying my wife into the bath tub each time (and she's less then 50 Kg ;-)

Seriously: I am really impressed how you can bring together functionality AND esthetics in such a way. Wonderful!
Regards, Peter

"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" -Leonardo Da Vinci-


Bill Gill

Michael, She's looking super! Does she have a name yet? Will you have a video of her sailing?

michael mott

QuoteCarrying a 100 lbs boat into water,
Peter when Judy and me did the first test and I picked up the boat to take it out,  it almost gave me a hernia and that is why I built the launch trolley, I won't be doing any more carrying of such weight.

Bill, the name of her is Kingfisher and thanks. I am hoping to launch her on her maiden voyage next summer, most of the fabrication is completed. The last of the big jobs now is making the sails, she will free sail using the sheets and hardware which all function as on the real boat. Since we do not have a model boat pond I will have to sail her in the swim area of the lake.