The Nottingham 60 is a 5 foot (154 cms) boat which is very similar to the Nottingham 48 or Canterbury in profile. There is a slightly different treatment to the stern which is more accurate to the originals and in order to get as much weight as low as possible in the water there is a flare, or bulb in the lower, forward part of the keel.
As this flaring of the keel creates a "waistline" it is not possible to ballast the boat with a single molded lead so in the short term the ballast will be with lead shot. I used a reclaimed lead shot and in experiments this shot, when tamped down, took up less than 10% more volume that a solid molded ballast which is acceptable. The prototype has taken 10Kg's of shot which may be slightly more than necessary.
The sheeting system on this prototype boat will allow me to experiment with different sail configurations. The first will be a standard Bermuda design which will allow me to assess the manners and the balance of the boat with a standard rig. After this I will try twin jibs using traditional jib booms and also both single and twin jibs without booms. The sheeting system below the deck will also allow me to experiment with a Genoa and in due course there will be a gaff main sail available.
The objective is to try and create a single model that the model maker can adapt to his own preferred rig with the minimal of redesign.
The woodwork you see is cut by hand but the production woodwork will be laser cut for accuracy and will also incorporate more detail. The current hatch positions are similar to those of Lionheart and without an aft hatch, similar to a number of other J boats. Although this may offend the purist, the model maker can "model" his boat as a recreation of a particular J boat by changing the hatch design and using the appropriate sail configuration, either a standard Bermuda rig, twin jibs or genoa, and a gaff mainsail, (as per the early J's eg Brittania.)
The deck will incorporate detail etched by laser as per the Nottingham 48 but as the deck is longer that a standard sheet of laser ply its taking some time to source appropriate material.
This final picture is of the hull in the water setting the mast box at the proper angles to the hull. As an amateur, I can't profess to have full confidence in my calculations for the mast position so the prototype has up to three inches of adjustment. Experimentation on the water will determine the final mast position and my objective is that it will be the same irrespective of the design of rig chosen and that the sail designs will all have the same Centre of Effort. (As per the current Nottingham 48 and the gaff rigged version)
I hope to have the model ready for the market some time earlier in the New Year...watch this space!! Email me if you have any questions or observations.