Twin drop keel, moulded ply, drop centre board, loads of room.
I saw one in St Monan's
looking a bit sad
but this is what they should look like
you need to get out sailing Dylan :)
All the ones I have seen look a bit sad. Saw one today in Benfleet Creek looking pretty sorry for itself.
I do indeed
this weekend with any luck
Looks like a larger version of John Guzzwell’s Trekka. Is it a Giles design?
so it was two people Alan Vines and Uffa Fox
they look like great boats – but one heck of a lot work to keep them in good nick
A bloke at my yacht club had one. I seem to remember it being constructed from cold moulded ply – a nightmare to keep from rotting. The great thing was it looked as if it could go through anything Neptune had to throw at it, with it’s submarine shaped hull and superstructure it went through the seas rather than over them.
I agree, as a doctor I prescribe a week of fair winds and no internet access!!! Been reading too much Roger Taylor!
Scotland is not often minded to provide fair winds
However, as long as I can find a spot to drop the hook out of the wind scheduled for Sunday I will be fine.
No hippos on the Forth though.
I believe it was HOT MOLDED PLYWOODAll the layers were glued and fastened in mold, put in a large rubber bag, vacuumed tight then in to a large post war auto clave for additional pressure, then Steam heated to Cure the resinconial glue.Mass production! Half a hull at a time I think.Fairly firefly done the same way.Of course like all these thinks the hulls are really only 10-30% of the manufacturing cost.Then came fiberglass…….Might have used auto clave to make the fairly mosquito parts ( twin engine wooden ww2 fighter bomber, fast)WArren
More on the builderhttp://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Marine_Ltd#Construction_methods
Uffa fox the designer was England’s greatest designer of small boat and the first to design a proper planning hullCopies of his designs are still raced and made today.His involvement with these novel ” whale back ” yachts is a testament to his design skill and diversity.Warren
Gr8 enjoy the forecast is looking better for tommorrow as we get closer westerly winds are not that bad once you get upriver
There were only 12 of the Titanias 31 footers built.
wonder how many are still afloat?
It’s a working sailing yacht, yet it has the aspect of the Scifi movie prop; “…Sorry, I’m not from around here.” Other than the sail rig, she exhibits an entire different design ethos, like Capt. Nemo submarine or a classic Flash Gordon rocket-ship.
She’d be the perfect candidate for restoration as a Steam-punk sailing yacht.
There’s a fine example of one in Paynes Boatyard. Its even battleship grey!!
..and another “Peanut” at Beaumaris. A ketch currently on the hard at Gallows Point but launched every summer and a real treat. Have you been to the Menai Strait Dylan?
And whip staff steering ! The Fairey Duckling tender built in the same way lies nicely on the rear cabin roof giving shelter and headroom under the hatch. Lovely design,very strong and will carry full sail in strong winds. Potential to damage the bottom when drying out and getting mud and shingle stuck in the dagger board slots.
And whip staff steering ! The Fairey Duckling tender built in the same way lies nicely on the rear cabin roof giving shelter and headroom under the hatch. Lovely design,very strong and will carry full sail in strong winds. Potential to damage the bottom when drying out and getting mud and shingle stuck in the dagger board slots. My ideal would be Junk rigged. (With cambered panels.)