Full size printed plan simple-to-build. sloop SHEARWATER sailboat suitable for radio control
Regular priceSale price
Unit price/ per
This Listing is for Full size printed plan
Not a Kit or Model no material
A simple-to-build. sloop which sails extremely well. Would no doubt take light radio gear.
Full size printed plan on a 44” x 24” sheet (has material list and building notes)
Two-page article with building notes and photo
Length 31 ½”
Suitable for radio control ( no R/C installations shown)
Designed by a New Zealand lighthouse-keeper,
W. P. Russell Perhaps
The building procedure is a little unorthodox for a yacht in that the first item is the deck. Trace this on to1/8 in. balsa ( a 4 in. and a 3 in. sheet butted together), cut out, then mark and glue in place the ply patches shown.
The introduction to this little model can best be made in the form of a brief anecdote. When it was built, it brought to four the number of yachts built by keepers at Puysegur Point Lighthouse, on the South Island of New Zealand, and it was felt that it would be a good thing to stage a race. With no experience of model yacht racing, it was decided to make a no-holds-barred trip from point A to point B — 21/2 miles across Preservation Inlet, in a 25 knot north-westerly breeze. One boat sank and was lost, one, a catamaran, was dismasted, and two finished, this one, Shearwater, 10 mins. 43 sec. ahead of the other, which was a nice model built by an ex-professional boat-builder.
In several races following this, the little sloop has walked away from other boats, and since it is simple to build, it was felt that other modellers might be interested in constructing one for pleasure sailing.