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"Robert Hastie" (research pic)368 viewsAll our models are fully researched. During this project, we took over two hundred photographs of the real boat, which was also building at the time. A couple of pictures are included here out of interest, showing details of the forrard and after hatch structures.
(models by John Davies and Frank Hasted)

31 Dec 2007
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"Robert Hastie"370 viewsDesigned by Camarc, a world specialist in this type of vessel (they have also designed boats for the New York pilot service), the "Robert Hastie" is a fine vessel of the most modern type. The model captures her powerful lines and distinctive appearance in every detail.
(models by John Davies and Frank Hasted)
31 Dec 2007
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"Robert Hastie"394 viewsMost of our commissions are for private clients, but we happily undertake corporate commissions when called upon to do so. Here you can see a pair of cased models of the Milford Haven Port Authority's new pilot-boat "Robert Hastie", photographed in their boardroom.
(models by John Davies and Frank Hasted)
31 Dec 2007
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Eye of the Wind (detail)367 views31 Dec 2007
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Eye of the Wind369 viewsThe lovely little sail training ship "Eye of the Wind" is one of Frank Hasted's favorite ships. He has had many happy times afloat on her. This model was made for his beloved Lesley, to commemorate her introduction to offshore sailing, steering the ship on her eightieth birthday in a full gale.
If there is a ship which holds particularly happy memories for you, we will be happy to build a high quality miniature replica for you, too. One day, if the demands of the business ever give us enough time, I may ask Frank to build "Hoshi" for me; but that's another story!
(model by Frank Hasted)
31 Dec 2007
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Euterpe (poop detail)363 views31 Dec 2007
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Euterpe365 views31 Dec 2007
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Euterpe396 viewsThe Clipper ship "Euterpe" was built on the Isle of Man for the Australian trade. She was one of the first iron ships. After an eventful life, she is now preserved as the "Star of India" at San Diego, California. We built this lovely glass-case replica for a gentleman whose grandfather had been the ship's sailmaker, in the days when she ran her easting down, around the howling Horn.
(model by Frank Hasted)
31 Dec 2007
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Enterprise (J Class)376 viewsLike all American J boats, "Enterprise" had a short life. She was made obsolete by changes in the J class rule in 1932, which made her stripped-out interior illegal. She could not carry the interior fittings required without badly compromising her performance. She spent most of her last years laid up, and was dismantled in 1935.
Yet she is of immense historic importance. Many of the innovations she pioneered are commonplace on today's racing yachts. Not the best-known of the J boats, she is still one of the most interesting. Our model is a fitting reminder of this fascinating yacht. We would be honoured to create one for you.
31 Dec 2007
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Enterprise (J Class)390 viewsAs well as having a superb boat, Harold Vanderbilt, the owner and skipper of "Enterprise", used the best American management methods. His professional crew was well paid and well treated. The ship was run by an afterguard consisting of Vanderbilt as skipper and helmsman, an assistant helmsman, a navigator, and two specialists for the setting of the rigging and the sails. Each man had his job to do, to ensure the whole team functioned smoothly.
The selection trials to choose the defender were closely fought. "Whirlwind" proved a failure, but both "Yankee" and "Weetamoe" came close to beating "Enterprise". After the selection series, the Americas Cup contest of 1930 proved an anticlimax. "Shamrock V" never looked like winning even one race.
31 Dec 2007
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Enterprise (J Class)384 viewsBelow decks she was completely stripped out. Even the floorboards were slatted to reduce weight. She had a clean, open, deck layout. All halliards were led below, and a total of twenty-three winches ensured efficient handling of her lines. The mast was laminated from sheets of duralumin, in those days the latest modern wonder material. It was held together by about 100,000 rivets. It was stepped in a steel tube filled with a liquid resembling quicksilver, and a special member of the crew, known as the "mast nurse" had the job of seeing that the stays were properly adjusted on different points of sailing.
All this technology did not come cheap. "Enterprise cost about £100,000, or more than five times as much as the challenger, "Shamrock V". She was built in 1929, before the crash, and in America the rich had money to burn. Four American J class yachts were built that year. "Enterprise", "Yankee", "Weetamoe", and "Whirlwind" were all built without expense spared.
31 Dec 2007
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Enterprise (J Class)365 views"Enterprise" was a high-tech wonder. She was built of Tobin bronze over steel frames, a very expensive form of construction, which gives great strength, light weight, and a glassy smooth bottom which is naturally antifouling.
31 Dec 2007
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