Ron's Model Sailboats
It took three years but in May 2011 Ron finally finished the Skipjack sailboat model. (Model is 20.5" in height, and 21" in length, scale: 7/16" = 1'.) He started it when he had a busted knee.
Skipjack - Ron made all the rigging functional. It is displayed with the sails down since is will be in front of another model, but if needed the sails can be raised just like a real Skipjack. There is about 100 hours in it.
A Skipjack was used to dredge for oysters on the Chesapeake. Law required this to be done while under sail, so it had very large sails to work even in light winds. For more information see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skipjack_(boat) .
Skipjack - Detail photos are about twice actual size.
Ron did this one 1993 when he had a busted ankle. This is a Flattie, a turn of the century, flat-bottomed, shallow draft work boat. They were used along the coast of Virginia and North Carolina to carry produce and for hauling oysters from shallow flats and bars. (Scale 3/8" = 1')
Flattie - A little more detail.
Ron and Carol built this functional model in the 70s. Note the large weight on the keel that keeps it upright. Size is 17 in. by 26 in., including keel.
In the 80's Ron did a two plastic ship models: The Cutty Sark and The Constitution. They were given away as gifts. (Ron and Carol have been lucky enough to seen both of the actual boats!)