Confederation Marine Modellers
Alex showed us his second model of an East Coast dory. This was donated to him by its original owner who was unable to complete it.
Andris presented his reworked tunnel boat originally built in 2003. It had been unused for several years and Andris had also tried unsuccesfully to sell it. In 2017 he began a redesign. He stripped it down to bare wood and gave it a complete repaint after making several modifications. A new radio box was built and it houses a new 180 oz.in. waterproof digital servo with digital rods to steer the outboard, plus a 120A water-cooled ESC. The outboard has a resin cast body with a 1-3/4 hp (1300 watt) brushless motor. The boat originally had a 3oz lead weight at the front of each sponson which Andris thought unnecessary and removed. Subsequent running showed that they were necessary and they were replaced. The boat is powered by a 4S 5000Ah Lipo battery
Peter displayed his model of a 92 ft. Dutch coastal tug, and named after his friend "H. van Balkom". The model is quite powerful being fitted with 2 Graupner 900 motors and 2:1 speed reduction, and has been used to tow a person in a dinghy. The model weighs 35lbs empty and 60 lbs when ballasted down to the waterline.
Steve had brought along his World War 2 armed German trawler which is now almost finished, only needing depth charges. One of the tricky build steps was trimming the hull to match the plan. One gun mount was included in the kit, and a second Tamiya model was added. It uses 6V power, but Steve is considering switching to a 3S Lipo (11.1V).
Doug gave us an update on the preparation of sailboat kits for the Maker Faire. Doug also demonstrated a prototype of a stern paddler that he has prepared for use in a future Maker Faire.
The Port Dover Marine Museum staff were very helpful in providing tables and even light snacks and soft drinks for our group of 7 members plus 2 from Kitchener club displaying. The location under the awning right next to the Museum (under exterior renovation and open) was perfect with lots of visitors all of the great weather day. We were able to see the fish tote races and tug pull around the corner of the museum in the main harbour - very colourful and noisy!
Most of us brought tug boats which complemented the event and created a good draw from visitors with lots of questions.
The Museum staff also offered more information on their current projects and possible availability of old boat drawings.
There was lots of good local food a short walk away - it ran from 10AM to 4PM we assisted the museum staff by handling all of the tables for them - I highly recommend this event for next year.