Bermuda Rig

The bermuda rigged Nottingham 60 is about as close to a scale model, for its size, as I think I can get. The profile of the hull is similar to original J boats and the rig extends further along the deck line for a better overall look.

The model is supplied in kit form as a hull in the colour scheme of your choice, matching rudder with fittings, internal woodwork with stand within a laser cut sheet of 6mm laser birch ply, a deck in 1.6mm birch ply with laser etched plank detail and matching hatches.

The ballast is lead shot sourced by the customer. I buy 10kg but initially ballast with 9 to 9.5kg, aiming for the waterline to be about 2 to 3mm above the water without any woodwork.

This model offers the scale modeller to get close to an original J Class yacht whilst retaining good handling characteristics on the water.

On the water the model can handle a larger sail area which adds to the aesthetic appeal, she's pretty and sails well!

As with the 48, the rig has all the features you might expect to allow the skipper to tune the rig to the prevailing wind conditions.

I use carbon tube for the mast and booms, not because its lighter than the usual thin-wall aluminium but because its stiffer. I prefer to use 12mm tube for a better scale look rather than the 14mm you might expect but the rig is powerful and I don't think the 12mm aluminium tube would manage the stresses.

I use the less expensive pultruded carbon with a thicker wall as the wall thickness can take small self tapping screws but a pilot hole must be made first!