Finally Frank and I managed to finalize the fordeck project. We are very happy with the results.The full picture story can be found here. And after that we even had time left to take care of the cockpit. Thanks to 3d-printing and a cutting machine were were able to achieve perfect results.
The time was ripe to add a new and powerful tool to optimize our workshop and greatly improve our engineering capabilities. The combination of powerful 3D-CAD and subsequent 3D-printing makes it possible to design & produce tailored components for almost every application in a top quality. Although our first prints (covers, boxes, supports,..) are kind of techical gadgets as you see below, the possibilities are almost endless. Of course you must consider strength, durability, fatigue, resistance and other requirements, but that is exactly what I deal with daily in the course of my work :-).
Once again a hearty „thank you“ to Robby for sending us the original log book of Rolling Stone. Especially the guest log of the launch day is simply great. Lester Stone, Peter Burrowes, Chuck Burns, David Shaw and many more were onboard during that day. The original list you’ll find in the launch day section.
Robby just send me another great spinnaker photo of Rolling Stone from the past – sailing the San Francisco Bay. Thank you very much, Robby! If you have a closer look, it is very interesting how the spinnaker sheet is handled especially the location of the spi winch at the stern. I have never seen this configuration before.
I’m always delighted finding mails from Robby, the former owner of Rolling Stone, in my email account. Although we are exchanging some news here and there our contact is more or less irregular. This time he surprised me with some great news. First, was a high-quality picture of Rolling Stone, taken 1980 by famed yacht photographer Diana Beeston for a yacht magazine (see below). In the meantime I contacted John Whitsett, who was the owner of Rolling Stone to the time the picture was taken. Surprisingly he remembered this moment very well:
——- “ Yes, I remember the picture well and it was on the cover of Sea Magazine. We had just rounded a mark and things didn’t go quite as planned and then someone said: „Shit, I just heard a camera click“ and we saw Diane right behind us.“
Second, and that’s the real sensation he sent me a picture of a model ship of Rolling Stone! I was really speechless, because I didn’t even know that this model existed. It was built by Robbys friend Dr. Robert “Bob” Alderson in the late nineties based on the original plans.
And to top it all, Robby and Dolores decided to send us the model as a gift. What a great honor! In the meantime “Little Rolling Stone”, as I named her, has safely arrived here in Germany. Of course she has got an excellent and exposed location in my living room –where I can always see her!
It is an excellent piece of work, very detailed and gracefully built! Please check The Model Ship to admire the great work of Dr. “Bob” Alderson and to get further information about the model and its builder! Big thanks once again to Robby and Dolores!
2017 – Running Conditions at the Darss, Baltic Sea, Germany The video shows our blustery force 6 cruise from Warnemünde heading East. Wind directions shifted quickly, especially when gusts fell in. Although working fine under these conditions we decided to disengage the MONITOR ervery now and then to avoid a zig-zag-course and to minimize the risk of gybing. More info & pix about our sailing season 2017 you’ll find here.
If you take a careful look to the tiller you’ll recognize only minimum motions / corrections – a good indicator that the ship is well-balanced at this moment.