Friday, 1 July 2011

Dreaming of Troy’s

You may recall from earlier posts that I’ve always liked the Troy class 18 foot open day boats from Fowey. These heavily ballasted, half decked boats carry a cloud of sail and race in the often rough waters of the Fowey estuary.



Owning a classic wooden day sailer, along with the problem of not actually living in Fowey or anywhere very close by got me thinking that a GRP boat based closely on the Troy lines but with a retractable lead keel (with a big lead bulb like an SB3) would make a really nice and practical day sailer which could be easily hauled home for winter storage.

Enter DELFTship a cut down but fully functional version ship design package. I used an old photo copy of the Troy hull lines to give the basic hull dimension and then started working on a modern and shallow draft hull shape which would still retain some of the comfort and sea keeping qualities of the original boat.



The great thing about applications like DELFTship is that you can make changes pretty instantly rather than spending hours having to fair lines plans manually.

It’s far from finished, there is still probably too much dead rise in the sections and I’m struggling a little to get DELFTship to put the keel where I want it to go, but it's good fun.

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