I would be interested to know more about this model. It
was given to me in the late 1950s in much the same state as it appears in
the photograph and enjoyed a brief renaissance with sails made from parachute
silk. This chapter came to an end when I discovered girls and the model has
languished in a succession of lofts and garages since, losing its sails and
breaking its mast. Before it was given to me I can remember seeing (and coveting)
it at the back of a neighbours garage in West Hagley, Worcestershire and my
understanding at the time was that the yacht had been in the garage when the
neighbour bought the property some years previously.
The model is 57 inches long with a beam of 15 inches. Keel to masthead is
77 inches and it weighs around 25 pounds. Construction is planks of alternating
woods and the hull is lined inside with a red fabric. The original fittings
are brass except for the collars on the mast and the spreaders (now lost)
which are aluminium castings.
Pure speculation on my part is that the unusual keel arrangement is an attempt
to manipulate some rating rule, hence my guess that this might be an A class
yacht built by an individual enthusiast.
Reply from Russell Potts:
This is a boat from the 1890-1910 period.
Both the twin fin and the hull form, even the zebra planking, are all typical
of the period.
It is almost certainly to the Length and Sail Area Rule, (see under history/rules
on the web site), but the size suggests that she may possibly be a 15 rater,
rather than a 10-r.
The lining is again a typical feature of planked models both then and later.
The rig would almost certainly have been a simple high peaked gaff main and
single jib, like the drawing in the LSA