Velocette part 5, the model sails
19 November 2021
Christmas Eve Day, 2020, model Velocette was launched. Lisa and I were anchored on the east lagoon of Huahine. A group of guys were having some Christmas beer, song and were butchering a wild boar on the motu away from the main island. We asked if we could visit. “Mais oui.”
We brought Velocette ashore and floated her at the beach much to their puzzlement. Later they invited us to join them for some wild boar stew and local music. We returned later that afternoon for an unforgettable celebration.
It had been over six months since the Velocette design process began and the model was just completed. Paper sections from Caddie were glued to 1/8” balsa, cut out and fastened to a board. This would serve as a mold for the hull. As with the full size boat, section #6 was two pieces of thin plywood, screwed together.
Other sheets of balsa wood were cut into 1/4” strips. These were bent over the mold and edge glued together. The outside of the hull was sanded carefully and covered with a layer of thin fiberglass. The hull was then strong enough to remove from the mold. Centerboard trunk and forward deck were added and the inside was also fiberglassed.
I removed the screws from the double bulkhead #6. A thin razor saw sawed the hull in half. Yes, the forward half then nested perfectly into the stern half. The design concept was proven.
And she floated! I even added a heavy chunk of coral and Velocette floated high.
The initial plan to build the full size Velocette in New Zealand was thwarted by the Covid lockdown. We made the difficult decision to tack Uproar. Instead of continuing on west, we shipped Uproar back to Fort Lauderdale from Tahiti. That way, we would be in cruising grounds we knew we could visit and be less likely to be stuck somewhere without options.
This would also mean that I could now build Velocette in my home shop, a real bonus for the project.