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Month: October 2019

Photogrammetry and 3D

Photogrammetry and 3D Having seen some of the 3D models generated by Solosails, I wanted to try out some of the software they were using to generate an accurate 3D model of a punt of some local significance. Having created pointcloud representing the shape of the boat, a series of lines...

Ester’s Balanced Rudder

Ester’s Balanced Rudder Last year, naval architect Juliane Hempel specified a Wortmann profile and a 16.7% pre-balance (I’m learning to speak architect lingo day by day). After quite a few iterations to and froing between Germany and Sweden/Cornwall, we got to a design that we all...

Mast Hoop Toggle

Mast Hoop Toggle In 1901, the racing yacht Ester used mast hoops to fasten her mainsail luff to the mast. The luff was attached to the hoops in some way that allowed crew to reef the sail easily. Per Hellgren suggested that I make a design for a toggle to do the job of attaching the...

Rachel May

Rachel May In 1949 Martin Roach completed his apprenticeship at Tommy Thomas’s yard in St Ives with this 17′ punt. She is a lightly built clinker dinghy with larch planking and an oak centre line. She has steamed oak ribs. The rest of the structure has been replaced...

Ester 1901

Ester 1901 Thanks Leif Wikberg for the images above. Project manager Bo Eriksson is overseeing the fruition of this restoration project. Ester will have been completely restored, piece by piece. This is a laborious but faithful method of restoration. I was sub-contracted to help...