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Addition/Extension posted in The Odd Word
Deben 4-Tonner posted in Design
Deben 4¾-Tonner – New Design posted in Design
Sapphire 27 posted in Design
Server Problems posted in News
A sad day for the UK posted in The Odd Word
Traditional Clinker Plans for Design 073 now available. posted in Design
RealCADD posted in The Odd Word
More 165 Instructions and drawings posted in Design
Design 165 Plans Page Reorganized posted in Design
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Addition/Extension

additionWe're building a small extension ("addition" in the US) on to our apartment to give us a proper front entrance hall and also a small second bathroom, with a shower.

The first good rainstorm produced water leaking under the door sill – between the sill and the floor plate.

Now you would think that a boatbuilder of my capabilities (?) could build a watertight glorified garden shed wouldn't you?

Very frustrating to say the least!! I though I had designed and built it to be properly watertight ...

Cheers -- George
Date posted: Thursday, 12 Jan 2017 | Comments (0)

Deben 4-Tonner

I've taken the opportunity over the holiday period to complete the recreated Construction Plan for the Deben 4-tonner.

This has been a long while coming – but it is hard to find the time to do this sort of work. Recreating a pen and ink drawing using a CAD program is surprisingly difficult: the two media are very different.

The original tracings of the Deben 4-tonner are 80 years old and very yellowed and fragile, so any form of printing is pretty much impossible – which makes it a scale rule and drawing exercise – which is very time consuming.

I have W. M. Blake's own scale rules – so I feel it is appropriate that I have been using them to recreate his drawings 80 years on.

big fishThe original construction drawing also has three amusing little fish sketches, one of which is reproduced here. All three are on the recreated drawing, as they were on the original.

Now I have the Gaff Rig Sail Plan and the Bermudian Rig Sail Plan to do – neither of which is as complicated as the construction drawing, so I hope to get them done in the next few days.

I will also be scanning two original Deben 4-tonner brochures, including specifications, which may be of interest to Deben owners and possible new builders.

I think that among the Deben 4-tonner papers is a corrected Table of Offsets, produced after lofting – if so I will reproduce this also.

These plans, together with the corrected offsets and the brochures provide sufficient material fo anyone who would actually like to build a Deben 4-tonner today.

Cheers – and a Happy New Year – George


Update 02:01:2017 – Gaff and Bermudian Sail Plans completed and added!
Date posted: Saturday, 31 Dec 2016 | Comments (1)

Deben 4¾-Tonner – New Design

I have just added another new design – the Deben 4¾-Tonner, inspired by the original Deben 4-tonner, the design of which was commissioned by my father in 1936 from W. M. Blake.

Bringing together the best of traditional style sailboats with modern construction techniques, this new design gives builders the opportunity to construct a traditional long-keel, round-bilge sailboat, based on a truly proven design (35 Debens were built between 1937 and 1960), with the structures simplified and intended for wood/epoxy construction.

In working through the design, I have also put together a list of all the Deben 4-tonners. As time permits, I will also be adding links to original photographs of these boats (where I have them) and news of their current status.

George
Date posted: Sunday, 25 Dec 2016 | Comments (0)

Sapphire 27

Some years ago we designed a super-classy modern sailboat called the Sapphire 27 – our Design No. 056.

Sapphire She was exhibited at the 1995 Southampton Boat Show. And she proved to be an extremely fast and capable sailboat. Unfortunately the company that marketed the boat went out of business and no more were built.

I think that is really sad, because she is a great boat. She has sailed thousands of sea miles from England to Spain and back, crossing the Bay of Biscay many times. She has more than fulfilled the promise of her early sail trials.

I always thought that the original design had one major drawback – she deliberately had only good sitting headroom down below. I reckon at 27' (8.23m), one should be able to have reasonable standing headroom throughout the accommodation, especially if the boat is to be for family use.

So we redesigned the boat to have a little more freeboard and coachroof height – so she has good headroom throughout. We simplified the ballast keel and re-did the structures so that a variety of interiors could be accommodated without structural alterations; and we simplified the rig somewhat.

Other than that she is the same great seaworthy and fast sailboat. She is not difficult to build – but as home builders know only too well, 27' is quite a lot of boat in terms of time to build.

Over the next few months we will be developing the build plans and instructions so that they become available as a download.

Date posted: Friday, 25 Nov 2016 | Comments (1)

Server Problems

The company that hosts whisstock.com had a serious mysql server problem and data became corrupted – which basically means that we have lost all database entries from 9th July to 29th September 2016.

So any member who registered between these dates is no longer registered. And members who purchased designs in that period will no longer be able to access them.

Ironically, automatic backups are created every 90 days and the next backup was due on the 1st October – so this problem couldn't really have come at a worse moment in respect of lost data.

So if you were a member prior to 9th July 2016, but purchased plans in the period 9th July to 29th September, and can on longer access them, please let me know and I will add them back to your Design Portfolio.

If you became a member between 9th July and 29th September and purchased plans, pleas let me know and i will re-instate your membership and access to the plans you bought. You will need to give me your UserName; I will issue a temporary password.

And if you became a member, but did not purchase plans, also let me know and I will re-instate your membership. You will need to give me your UserName; I will issue a temporary password.

I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. We will be taking steps to make a local backup of our database more frequently than the 90 days which the server does. We had been under the impression that the server backup was a continuous process, rather like Apple's Time Capsule – we were wrong ...

George
Date posted: Friday, 30 Sep 2016 | Comments (0)

A sad day for the UK

Vast sadness at the Brexit vote.

I've always though of myself as a European – now suddenly I wake up to find I'm soon not going to be one any more.

A horrible campaign ridden with lies, deceit and misinformation. An understandable but misguided – and in the end, useless – protest against the non-caring elite.

Very depressing ...
Date posted: Tuesday, 28 Jun 2016 | Comments (0)

Traditional Clinker Plans for Design 073 now available.

073This boat has been built many times as originally designed, in ply/epoxy lapstrake on three thwart modules.

But she has also been built in a variety other construction methods:

Cold-moulded on laminated frames.
Frameless cold-moulded on a plug.
Traditional clinker.
Ply/epoxy lapstrake on laminated frames.
Solid timber epoxy glued lapstrake on laminated frames.

In fact there are more construction versions of this boat than any of our other designs!

I'm happy to say that, following a request from a US builder of this boat, the plans for the traditional clinker version are now included in the downloadable Design Package, alongside the original ply lapstrake plans and cold-moulded on laminated frames versions.

Also, here is a very nice article in Watercraft magazine about the clinker-built "Anemone" (opens a new PDF window).

George
Date posted: Sunday, 26 Jun 2016 | Comments (0)

RealCADD

RealCADD is the 2D CAD program that I use for all the drawings of my designs. And I also use it to produce the CNC cutting files.

RealCADD is written and maintained by Eric Pousse, who is based in France. It is not an expensive program, but it is very richly featured, accurate and easy to use. I really enjoy using it.

RealCADD lacks a good English manual, so I have been working on producing one – in between boat design.

Anyway, it's basically done now and available at whisstock.com/realcadd for anyone who's interested!

Cheers -- George
Date posted: Friday, 22 Apr 2016 | Comments (0)

More 165 Instructions and drawings

I keep adding new drawings for this design at regular intervals.

And recently I have added Instructions 3 – which are for making the frames, floors and transom on the the ply sandwich version.

And Instructions 4 for the laminated version, which take builders up to hull completion (both lapstrake and cold-moulded)

Cheers -- George
Date posted: Friday, 22 Apr 2016 | Comments (0)

Design 165 Plans Page Reorganized

On the suggestion of one of the builders of this boat, I have reorganized the Plans Download page for this design, to show the Issue Dates for each plan.

I hope this will make it easier for builders of the design to check for updates to existing plans and issue of further plans.

As with any developing design, plans are completed and issued gradually and there are inevitably new issues of earlier plans to cope with errors, changes and so on.

The most recent addition is the instructions for assembling the frames, floors and transom, from CNC cut parts (165_002_003).

With boats in build both from conventional laminated structures and ply sandwich structures from CNC cut parts, there are getting to be a lot of plans – 126 of them at the last count!
Date posted: Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 | Comments (0)