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Gallery of RC Sailboats

Here are some of the boats that I've made and that may appear in this blog:

The Corbie 5 IOM
This is an IOM design by Mirage Radio Yachts in Tasmania, Australia, and is very competitive. It's my first IOM build, so we'll see how it goes. There is a huge emphasis in IOM's on weight, even more so than I've seen in Star 45's and others. So that was my challenge!

While the design is from Jeff Byerley, the internal components are of my own design. Jeff only gives the station shapes and it's up to you the builder to design/construct the interals. I've 3D modeled all the parts and have laser cut them at work. So far they are all working really well! 

Corbie 5 IOM RC wood sailboat

Corbie 5 IOM RC wood sailboat

Corbie 5 IOM RC wood sailboat

Corbie 5 IOM RC wooden sailboat

Here are pictures of the frames that I 3D modeled and laser cut.

The Wampum VM
This is my resurrection of a 1933 design by James Potter. In this case, I've stuck exactly to the external lines with no adjustment of the keel. However, the rudder is slightly larger than originally designed.


The Sun Wind HF
This is my version of the 1949 Gus Lassel boat. He originally called it the Sun Daze, and then the Sun Wind. I'm calling it the Sun Wind HF for "High Flyer". I changed the design to meet the Vintage Marblehead rules for the High Flyer division. It has an extended fin for a 16" draft, and it has a spade rudder. Otherwise, the main hull shape is a close as I could make it to the original plans.

The Salish 475
The Salish 475 is my one-off version of the Star 45. It's a bit longer, has an open transom mostly just for looks, and has a higher aspect rig. Otherwise the fin, rudder, and much of the hull is similar to a Star 45.

The Star 45
This is the classic Star 45 of the 1960's. It was fun to build and I used the available-for-purchase laser cut frames. Fun sailing boat, and still competitive in some fleets around the country, although none near me in Seattle unfortunately.

The Tippecanoe T37
This was actually my first RC sailboat! It's a kit that you purchase from Tippecanoe Boats in Washington State. For about $400 you get everything you need including the radio. It's a great deal, but be forewarned... the T37 is a gateway boat to many others! Just look at me... I'm now 5 boats into it.

NOTE: The deck shown on my T-37 is a custom deck that I made myself. The actual kit comes with a shaped piece of plywood. You are allowed to make your own deck if you choose, but it must not be lighter than the original deck. 

The Rip Tide HF
(NOTE: I haven't made this boat yet, but am have completed the 3D model and laser cut frames. Contact me if interested)
This is my updated version of the 1950's Rip Tide by Ted Houk. It hasn't been built yet, but the files are ready to go for anyone who wishes to try their hand at them. You would buy the frames from National Balsa after you arrange with me to send them the files. It is by far the most refined design I've done and should make a wonderful boat.

The Dawn
(NOTE: I haven't made this boat yet, but am about 90% completed with the 3D model and laser cut frames. Contact me if interested)
The Dawn is a old-school A Class boat (about 62") that I was shown the lines for and thought it was beautiful. I've recreated the lines for a more modest sized 50" boat that should qualify for Vintage Marblehead rules... but would need someone more knowledgeable than I to make that determination official. You'd need to put a rig of 800 square inches or less on it.


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Riptide RC Sailboat

Well I just hit the R/C Sailboat jackpot! Rod Carr, of Carr Sails in Redmond, WA, and the second ever member of the AMYA, just gifted me a Marblehead "Riptide" hull and many of the parts and templates to finish it! Thank you Rod!

I'm not sure when I'll be able to work on this, but hopefully it will turn into a fantastic vintage Marblehead. The gentleman who started it did a fantastic job. He was a true artist and I will do my best to get as close as I can to his workmanship but it will be a challenge.

Here are some pictures...

He even cast his own bulb and the mold came with the hull! I could probably start making my own fleet of Riptides as he also gave me many of the templates and such. I will only need to pin and epoxy the bulb to the fin and fair it smooth. It will be easy to do.

The frames look and feel like he hand cut them on a scroll saw, but they are very close to perfect. He used thicker plywood than I may have but they are very sturdy. The bow is very squ…

R/C Sailboat Builds

Here are the other boats I've built in the past few years:

1. A Tippecanoe T37. These are kits available from Tippecanoe Boats in Washington State.

2. A classic, wooden, Star 45. It has been officially measured and is class legal. The Star 45 is a pretty, classy, builders boat that has withstood the test of time.

3. A Salish 475. It's my own variation on the Star 45. It was built from the same laser cut frames as the Star with a number of modifications aft of frame 6. It is an update of the classic look and was an attempt to mimic a modern ocean racing yacht.

I've also built four Pygmy kayaks and many other projects. It's all fun... right?!


Radio controlled sailboats

Sun Wind RC Sailboat 3D Model

One of my current projects is to 3D model Gus Lassel's 1949 "Sun Wind" Vintage Marblehead (VM) sailboat. Apparently it was originally called the "Sun Daze", as in fun sailing on Sundays, according to Adrian Olson whose father had a connection to the original designer. (By the way, check out Adrian's other model yachts too. He does beautiful work!)

Boats back then were free-sailing or vane-sailing. I think this was a free-sailing boat but am not sure. My version will be modified for RC. All I have to go by is an old set of lines, but hopefully I can get a decent model out of it. Eventually I would like to make laser-cut frames from my 3D model and actually recreate the boat in RC.

Adrian Olson offers a modern fiberglass kit for the Sun Wind. The pictures look beautiful! My intention is to create frames so that a builder can make their own wood & fiberglass version. I really doubt that many people will want to go through the effort it can take to make a …

Vintage Marblehead Riptide electronic files

UPDATE: As of 12/8/2017, I was sent a much better TIFF file of the original plans by Ted Houk. See my updated post

When Rod Carr gifted to me an unfinished wooden Riptide hull, it came with a CD of files from the gentleman (a man named Roger, I believe) who made it. I finally got a chance to look at the files and what a great discovery!

Roger created not only several very helpful PDF files, but .dxf files too. With some work I could make files for laser cut frames, fin and rudder!

NOTE: I am not the creator of these files and cannot vouch for the accuracy of them. The creator of the electronic files is unknown but the original plans for the Riptide go back to 1949 and are most likely in the public domain. One version of the Riptide lines is being freely distributed. These files are the only ones I've seen other than the original 1949 hand-drawn lines. I put them here under an assumed Creative Commons license for NON-commercial work. You are free to make your own Riptide but only…