Continued from MY 63
This is the most complete self-built model, and has all the original spars. It is a hollowed uot solid hull. The rudder is a lead-weighted system. The sails are original and were 'tanned' by a fisherman on the South Coast when my uncle went there on holiday as a boy (not really a thing for a sailing yacht I suppose). The 'tanning' is coming off the sails as red powder. My uncle named this one Sposa after the eight-metre yacht owned by Sir Ernest Roney (he owned two eight metre boats if you can believe it)who lived in Wimbledon and was a friend of his father.
The deck is painted/varnished (and the planking
is just drawn on) and is fixed onto the hull with a few (rather large)
screws. The mast doesn't quite fit into the hole in the deck anymore.
Not surprising after seventy years I suppose. The mast has the original
metal rings around it for attaching the mainsail. The lead keel is held
on with a couple of screws which are a little loose, but the rudder
is in worse condition. The main keel seems to be coming away from the
main hull and needs fixing. It also has the original stand.
Continued on MY65
boats all look very alike, though of different sizes. I begin to wonder
whether they were designed by the builder, as they have such a family
resemblance. With boats as small as this, the loose lead can best be
fixed by injecting epoxy adhesive or plastic padding into the crack
and fairing it up.