Model Yacht Building


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by Charles Z. Klauder

Of course, it is trite to say that people are various, but is not the proof of that exemplified in the case of the author, who, being strenuously engaged in the profession of architecture, is not content with the designing of buildings and, must seek model yacht building as a recreation? What is to be thought of a person who, despite his absorbing activities, finds lurking in the back of his mind thoughts of the sea, with its many manifestations, and an urge to be part of them, and who satisfies this longing by constructing model boats? On the other hand, it may be that like qualities are inherent in the designing of buildings and boats, for it has been said that architecture has the attributes of firmness, commodity, and delight. Similarly, marine architecture has these same qualities, inasmuch, as boats must be firm, must shelter people, and besides being beautiful, they must be capable of motion, and in most cases swift motion. Just as good architecture expresses pleasantly and artistically the practical and technical requirements of buildings, in like manner one hopes and trusts that beautiful hull and sail plans denote the same for boats. In any case, no one can observe a fine Gardner designed yacht without being conscious of its beauty. Is that not sufficient reason for attempting to create a thing as beautiful? If all this is digressing, it may also be the impelling cause and reason for what follows. Starting from a small beginning, but with a mind trained in presenting intricate forms in graphic, but tight methods, it was not difficult to visualize the surface which would result from the drawings. After the designs, a model was built on the bread and butter form, with the inside as smooth and carefully executed as the outside surface, and the result a fairly good object to look at. As time progressed and vision expanded, it seemed possible to construct a model which could be made to float on a preconceived waterline to conform to racing rules, and to be not only an object fair to look upon, but also an exact replica of the thing which it was made to represent. To attain such a result was only half the intention in the last of the models constructed, for to be perfectly satisfactory to the owner, the boat had to have the ability to sail: The result is a model 36 inches on the load waterline, representing a racing boat of the P-class, at a scale of 1 inch to the foot, made in accord with the designs of the larger boats of which it is a model, and being proportionately of the same length, width, and draught, and made to carry the same proportionate sail-area, but to have its centre of gravity so low that it would sail in competition with other racing models of the same size. It might be well at this place to say why it is necessary to have the centre of gravity lower in the model than it is in the larger boat, which the model represents. Everyone familiar with sailing full-sized craft and models—or, to put it another way, anyone familiar with sailing a large boat as well as a small one— knows that in any given velocity of wind the larger boat has greater stability than the smaller one, everything being equal and proportionate. It is well known that a boat of 75-foot waterline length stands up with as little difficulty in a 30-mile breeze as an 18-foot waterline boat does in a 15-mile breeze.

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