I have photos of the windshield wipers...
Oh, and the GPS on the LNVT and somewhere, the rudder hatches...
Lake Union Dry Dock Company, 1926 Raised Deck Cruiser, "Dream Boat"
My most sincere thanks to Umi and Frankg for their finest work, products and advice over the years. They are the pros.
Permit me to ramble, and I'll describe the build somewhat, then hibernate through the winter to finish it, and surface in the spring with pictures, etc.
There were 2 boat building companies located on Puget Sound, WA state, that built raised deck cruisers, "Dream Boats", during the 1920s. The Blanchard boats were almost always 36ft LOA, with one known exception of 38ft. The LUDDCo raised deck cruiser was 42ft, and carried the legal right to the name, "Dream Boat". My 53" model, while exercising a few builder's prerogatives, is a 1:9.5 scale model of the true, LUDDCo Dream Boat.
I'm also very fortunate to have as a true friend, a fellow scratch builder of museum quality models. He and I were able to spend two separate days on one LUDDCo DB, measuring and taking pictures of simply everything. We even spent a few hours under way, recording the engine sound, which David H. has produced on one of his sound boards for us.
My wife and I were also able to spend time on board another true LUDDCo DB; again measuring and taking more pictures.
I also worked from a set of raised deck cruiser plans, unsigned, unknown, that required many, many iterative changes. In my opinion, nobody, despite hearsay, has plans for the original LUDDCO DB, including the company itself. Several claimed to have seen the original plans, yet that was the extent of their knowledge.
The model is basswood, plank on frame. Individual deck planks are AK Yellow/Cypress Cedar, with a scale .055" between planks. King and Sheer planks/boards are Honduras Mahogany. The cabin consists of essentially homemade plywood; five ply, 3/32 Finnish plywood as the core, with 1/16 H. Mahogany glued to both sides. The 17 windows were cut from real glass.
Power is a Pittman, which weighs 2.5 lbs, and a 12V battery at 3.5 lbs.
The cabin interior needs to be finished, along with mast, nav lights, et al.
Currently, it has about 1.25 hours on it, with no further performance changes anticipated.
There it is for now.
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