The completed Nottingham J is the same as the Canterbury J in every respect except in the build process itself. The Nottingham hull is a "full" hull where the ballast is fitted inside the hull, as opposed to the Canterbury where the ballast is bolted up to the hull and completes the shape of the hull. Both the ballast weight and trim weight are from the same moulds for both versions and the studding is also present. In the Nottingham version the studding isn`t required to secure the ballast but can be used in engineering an aid launch and retrieval of the completed model. (Lifting from the ballast rather than the deck)
(The ballast weight and trim weight....)
As the Nottingham version is not taken from an approved Canterbury mould, this version cannot be called a Canterbury. The implications of this are that if you wish to race against other canterburys abroad, and in particular in the US or NZ, you boat will fail scrutineering. If you wish to race your completed model abroad, you will need to purchase the Canterbury version where the ballast is bolted up to the hull to complete the shape of the finished model.
In the UK most model boat clubs, (and all those contacted to date) have concluded that as there is no difference in the completed Nottingham and Canterbury versions, that any differences in the completed yachts are in the build process alone, and more importantly that there is no sailing advantage created by either approach, they will allow both versions to compete in the same class. This of course assumes that you comply with the other Canterbury rules!!
These conclusions have been arrived at with the consultation and approval of the Canterbury Association in New Zealand who, whilst naturally seeking to protect the purity of the Canterbury itself, have been both helpful and constructive in their advice.
This is of course of little relevance to those who do not intend to race in a specific Canterbury class in either the US or New Zealand but are looking for an attractive model with traditional lines that performs well in the water.
My objectives in creating a new mould for the "J Class" have been to make the build up process simpler and cleaner, and to help the less experienced model builder create a working model to a high standard of finish.
(The same hull as above but now complete and awaiting mast and sails)
The hull is available in a choice of colours, and also in a "two tone" range. The colour is created by using different pigments in the gel coat finish so is more durable than a paint finish and scratches are more easily removed. The hull is supplied in a polished finish and will require waxing to protect the finish during the build. No painting or filling is required and the build is almost clean enough to be carried out on the dining room table... (note the use of "almost"... phew, think I`m in dangerous territory here!)
The colours are the same as the Canterbury and are a bright red, a bright blue and darker (oxford) blue, yacht green, black, yellow and white but if you have an individual request then email me and let me know.
There hasn`t been much demand for yellow...