The twin screw motor yacht Melita was designed by Laurent Giles ltd of Lymington, to very exacting specifications laid down by her owner.
She was to be based in the UK and had to be fitted out for long range cruising in home waters. The main cruising area would be the MEd, and for this purpose she was designed to be seaworthy enough the cross the Bay of Biscay in one trip, no small task for such a small vessel.
when on station she is a motor cruiser, or lose footed main and a mizzen sail can be hoisted for sail assistance. to take advantage of the warmer climes in the MEd the wheelhouse roof and windows are retractable for open top sailing.
For home water cruising the mizzen mast can be stepped amidships, the boom is then used as a derrick to handle the ships boat. Truly a Multi boat in the full sense of the word.
The owner at launching was Wing Commander R.G. Grant Ferris m.p. She was designed by Laurent Giles in 1963. constructed by Moodys boatyard to Lloyds 100A1 and launched in 1964. She is still afloat today and is little changed in her style, At the present time she is the owner is the Commodore of the R Y S, so she can fly the Commodores pendant and the White ensign.
Deans Marine wish to express their appreciation for the kind assistance from Laurent Giles Ltd without whose help this project would not have been possible
Details of the kit
Scale 1/24 Length 750mm Beam 178mm Sailing weight 2kgs
The kit is based on a detailed glassfibre hull with rubbing strip, bulwark scrollwork, proptube and rudder exits, moulded into the hull.
The Deck is from Laser cut ply with laser engraved planking from Chestnut faced ply. Vac-formings in clear styrolux form the complete cabin assembly and ships boat. Lasr cut plastic supplies the construction for the wheelhouse cockpit.
A new system for clear windows has been developed for this model consisting of computer cut "wood" fitted with cut "aluminium" frames fitted onto the clear plastic for windscreens etc, cabin windows, skylights etc have computer cut masking film which is fitted onto the clear mouldings, the cabin is then painted and the film removed. Cut window frames are then applied over the edge of the clear parts.
A full set of fittings is included in the kit with propshatfs, rudders, prop and tillers arms, plus decals and details to complete the wheelhouse interior, we even supply the carpets. To aid construction a comprehensive instruction book and full size plan is included.