|Nov 20, 2012, 07:23 PM|
Resurrection of a vintage 1930's Class A yacht
This is from the latest issue of the newsletter of the Confederation Marine Modellers - The Helmsman
The resurrection of a vintage 1930's Brain steered Class A yacht,
This is the link in the text and shows the launch of the resurrected model. but read the text first.
When Paul acquired this sailboat it needed
some work done to complete it. The magazine
“Popular Mechanics” published plans for this type
in the early 1930’s, so it is a reasonable assumption
that his model was built sometime after 1935, and
probably before WWII.
It is an impressive size, standing 88” high, 75”
long, and weighing in at an imposing 38 lbs. When
Paul first acquired it, the only place it could be
stored was in the kitchen. (There are more risks to
that arrangement than dare be contemplated.) There
are no remote controls on it; you just set it sailing
across the pond and either have someone on the
other side to turn it around, or run like crazy to get
there before it does. It was quite a popular type of
sailboat on the Kensington Round Pond in London
in the days before folks had cars to transport their
boats, even if there were cars of a size able to
transport one. The boats were stored in a clubhouse
adjacent to the pond.
Paul completed assembly of the boat, and
refinished the hull, coating the deck with many
layers of Spar varnish, and the hull with multiple
coats of Tremclad paint. The sails are original,
although they needed cleaning before they were
There is reason to believe that the model had
not sailed before, because there were no marks on
the hull indicating contact with the pondside. On
its first dip in the water, water started leaking in.
Paul fixed this with gaskets around the bolts which
secured the keel. The model first sailed at the
Humber Bay pond in April this year, and a video
of its maiden voyage can be seen at:
THE earliest model yachts had no steering gear
whatsoever, and consequently were unable to sail a
good course when the wind was anywhere abaft
the beam. In 1906 Mr. George Braine of
Kensington evolved the steering gear for models
which bears his name (shown below). By this gear,
the angle of the rudder can be made to vary in
exact ratio to the pressure of the wind on the sail
that is attempting to throw the boat off course.
|Nov 24, 2012, 09:09 PM|
It's nice to see an A Class boat return to the water. You did an excellent job on the restoration. I believe your boat is the George Baron Vanya design published by PM in 1935. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1251973
Here in the US, the class is basically dead except for a club in New York which still sails vintage A boats. Free or "vane" sailing is very popular in the UK along with the radio A class. http://radioaclass.wordpress.com/
I recently purchased a vintage A class boat that had been converted to radio control. Here are some pictures. LOA 72 inches and it displaces @ 50 lbs.
|Dec 04, 2012, 02:05 PM|
United States, MA, Wenham
Joined Jan 2007
There's a Vintage A-Class for sale in my area (Boston) if anyone is interested.
Shipping is unrealistic, so Pickup-only.
It's 78" Long, has a rig, and by the account of the owner should need just a sail-winch to get it going.
The owner is fairly certain that it is a Richardson design (Same person that designed the Madcap Marblehead)
If anyone is serious, contact me and I'll forward the owner's contact information.
|Dec 05, 2012, 12:14 PM|
I'd like to find out more about it; maybe someone in USVMYG may be interested.
|Dec 05, 2012, 12:16 PM|
This Old Boat
|Dec 05, 2012, 02:32 PM|
United States, CA, Hayward
Joined Feb 2006
The San Francisco Model Yacht Club has a couple of "A" boats in working order, runs a series of "X" class regattas with both Vane and Braine boats, and a growing 36R class (mostly Vane) with regatta and International competions. so the non radio types are not dead, just a more concentrated group of modelers.
|Dec 05, 2012, 11:27 PM|
United States, MA, Wenham
Joined Jan 2007
I've never had the opportunity to see it sail, although I'm sure it's a bus.
I've spent many hours drooling looking at Bantock's Sword..... It sure would be cool to see an A-class regatta in the States. I'd go just to watch.
Who can't agree with lines like that:
|Dec 06, 2012, 11:54 AM|
Here's a link to A Class sailing in the UK. http://radioaclass.wordpress.com/ If you like A boats as I do, it's worth signing up for updates.
|Dec 06, 2012, 04:54 PM|
Australia, TAS, Penguin
Joined Mar 2012
There is a group that race A class yachts near me in the Devonport area (North West Radio Yacht Club, Tasmania, Australia). I have had an A class on loan for a little while - they are great fun in a good wind.... challenge to sail in light conditions.
Don't get in front of one sailing downwind!!!!
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