The Valdivia von Altona

A friend of mine, Ken Hegy, builds radio-controlled sailboats. Not those glue-sniffing, all plastic stamp-outs. He builds wooden models, with individually planked decking, hand-sewn sails, detailed scale rigging with tiny belaying pins securing each sheet. All meticulously painted in authentic coloration. A joy to behold.

But not for the mantle. Dust-be-damned, these lovingly crafted vessels actually sail. Close haul, beam reach or down wind, all the sails and points of sail are controlled by his transmitter. And the boat gets wet. Soaked. Yet all that minute detail sails on. Almost alive. I thought I’d share this craft with you

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