Today Pepe and I went to the lake at Etherow to assist my mate Bob the Abell launch his prototype model boat, I was the filmmaker really whilst Bob setup and sailed his boat.
This boat was designed by Paul Thomason off the Model Boat Magazine forum, and it's a hull with three different superstructures, and commissioned Bob to make the first prototype (Vintage Broads cruiser version) after seeing his efforts with his Great Eastern, which had had three articles in Model Boat magazine and appeared in the "Coast" program about laying the first telegraph cable to America .
Back to the "Ellie", the plans for this boat are for sale now that Paul is satisfied that all the wrinkles with Bob's help are all ironed out, and the proceeds will all go into a charity.
As you can see the maiden voyage went very well, it hadn't even been wet until the lake today, there's confidence for you, so well done Paul the designer and Bob the builder!.
Enjoy the video and if you like the boat perhaps this could be your next build and we have the prototype builder in the club if you run into any trouble, can't get better than that can you.
More good publicity for our club .
Good day at the lake, made better still with an excellent dinner in Bob's campervan!.
Thats all for now folks.