Originating near Christchurch, New Zealand, the Canterbury J is a specific model sailing class with its own rules which offers the model builder flexibility of approach to the build to stamp his own individuality whilst following a common pattern to allow for close and exciting racing. The hull is 1.2 metres long (4 feet) and the mast 1.6 metres tall. The mast is readily detached for transport and the hull is an easy fit in the boot of the average car.
The original idea was to create a design of model boat which is simple and inexpensive to build, easy to transport and fun to sail both as a racer and also for general entertainment. The current model bears testament to the thought and skill of the original creators of the Canterbury J.
The original mould in the UK was taken from a Canterbury J with the blessing of the original designers. The hull conforms to the Canterbury rules, will bear an individual Canterbury number and provided that the other elements of the Canterbury rules are complied with, will be eligible to race against other Canterburys in the US and of course NZ.
(The "Canterbury" hull. When the molded ballast weight is bolted up to the bottom of the hull the traditional J lines are completed)
The aluminium identity tag can be used to attach a rod that passes up to the deck for a handle to ease launch and retrieval.)
The design consists of a hull molded in traditional fibreglass and a molded ballast weight bolted to the bottom of the hull to complete the overall shape. The finished item will need filling and shaping work to produce a nicely finished hull. The finished hull taken from the Canterbury mold has some flaws which make it less than perfect however as this method of building the hull will require that the completed hull be painted, any flaws, imperfections and other inconsistencies can be removed during the painting process.
Because it is likely that you will want to paint your completed model, I anticipate that you will prefer a hull finished in a white gel coat however you can choose another colour if you wish for no extra charge. Two tone colours are not available.
There is undoubtedly more work required to complete the "Canterbury" version and you will also require a wider range of modelling skills. Nevertheless the finished item should look identical to the Nottingham version, have the same sailing characteristics, and also be eligible to race against other Canterbury's in the US and New Zealand.
The ballast with trim weight, the internal woodwork and deck packages are the same for both Canterbury and Nottingham versions. The rudder supplied with the Nottingham version can be re-engineered to suit the Canterbury as the shape is the same however in practice its likely to be simpler to start from scratch using the template in the instructions. Speak with me if you want more detail.
The deck fittings and rig kits are the same for both Canterbury and Nottingham.