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Aug 16, 2010, 04:55 PM
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"47 Belle"

I got this picture off the forum here and I'll be darned if I can find where. If anybody knows the name of this yacht or her length and width I'd like to hear from you. I'd like to add a model of her to my fleet. Pete
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Aug 16, 2010, 05:54 PM
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looks close to a set of plans on ebay the boat there was called bluebird of chelsea it said length was 52' beam at 11' displacment of 23.5 tons built by thornycroft ltd this wont help find the name of your boat but might jog someones memory
Aug 16, 2010, 06:40 PM
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I'm trying to decide if the "47" referes to the length of the boat or the year it was built. I'm leaning towards 47 feet long. What do you think? Pete
Thanks for the info Striper2301. The boat is something like the Vinyard too at least the hull is. The rest is different I guess I could build the model just from this picture but it would help a lot to know the length and the beam if nothing else. Pete
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Aug 16, 2010, 07:15 PM
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NORGALE- I did some checking in my Guide to Wooden Power Boats, and found a 40’ design by L.E.Geary, which was built by the Vancouver Shipyards, Vancouver, B.C.,Canada in 1930. The name of the boat is DANAE, and it is a dead ringer of the boat , only it is 40’ long. My thinking is that the ship yard either built more than one boat to that design, or the designer may have lengthened the hull design.
Aug 16, 2010, 07:53 PM
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Thanks for that FrankG. I looked up the Vancover SHip yards and there wasn't anything there that looked like the Belle. From the looks of the background in the Belle picture,it could have been in the Vancouver area when the pic was taken. Looks Northerly anyway.
It's not all that important but I figured whoever posted the picture on here would see my thread and come on board with some info on the boat. Maybe that will happen yet. Pete
Aug 16, 2010, 08:14 PM
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Man, that looks like one that got beached in a storm at Mathias Point (Potomac River) just above Dahlgren, VA about 20 years ago. It was under the bluff where my friend lived and you couldn't see it from above. Sure was a pretty boat. It took a week before the owners came down from DC to claim it. I wish Finders Keepers worked

Aug 16, 2010, 10:49 PM
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Use the lifering as a scaling device. Assuming that the lifering is 30" in diameter - the hull is about 50' loa. The pilothouse door is about 80" high and 30" wide - standard house doors are 84" high and 30" wide.
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Aug 17, 2010, 10:32 AM
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Pete, FrankG maybe onto something.
The boat looks to be flying a Canadian flag.
If the builder added 7 feet to the hull, you would end up with a nice cosy cockpit that this particular boat has. So 47 feet would be reasonable.
So lets say she is 47 feet long, beam would be around 12 to 14 feet.
Aug 17, 2010, 11:32 AM
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CG Bob that's good. All I really need to scale the thing off is one good measurement and the life ring would do. Thanks for that info and the door info too. Both will be a big help.
Jerome that makes sense. I think the design is thirties or so and that leaves 47 to be the length. I think I'll stretch it out to 50 feet even so 1/8th scale ought to give me a model about three feet long. Am I doing this right? Pete
Aug 17, 2010, 12:10 PM
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This could also be a Stephens 50' as they are similar to others built out here on the west coast. Have photos of one similar here in my home port.
Aug 17, 2010, 10:33 PM
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Can't help with demensions but I think this is the boat that was in Boothbay Harbor in '07. Ragtime out of Southport ME. The tour boat captain said it had just been restored for something over 1 mill. Just looked again at the first picture and It is not the right boat... Sorry
Last edited by jda; Aug 17, 2010 at 10:35 PM. Reason: Wrong boat
Aug 18, 2010, 09:23 AM
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Your almost cutting wood Pete!
50 feet overall will give a nice sized model boat.
I would guess her to draw about 3 ~ 3 1/2" inches.
I'll keep looking in the old Wooden boat mag's I have, not found anything of value yet.
Aug 18, 2010, 05:36 PM
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It's a 47 ft Force 10 they were built in the early eighty's. It has a glass hull and there were 4 that I know of.They are on the west coast of British Coumbia.
Aug 18, 2010, 06:03 PM
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Wet Feet I think your on the wrong thread. This is deffinetly not a Force 10.

Jerome thanks for looking in your books. It would be nice to get some accurate info on this boat but if it's not there it can still be built. Just have to guess at a few things that's all.

Keith I'll have to look up Stevens yachts. Maybe they are the builder . Pete
Aug 18, 2010, 08:54 PM
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JDA- That boat is a 1928 64’ Consolidated Shipbuilding Corp. Commuter. This is one of the boats I was looking to make a model and kit of for Legend Model Boats. When I was looking at the boat some years ago, she had a black painted hull which made her look even longer and lower on the freeboard. I even have a video of her cruising on one of the rivers and she really looks great. I am glad to here that she has had a full make over, she is my choice for a cruising yacht.

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