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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.


  1. The Dawn is utterly georgeous! I have been looking for plans for a good looking A class or J for ages. Of course something with sections that can be laser-cut, would be a whole bunch easier. If or when you ever get to the point of releasing the plans for a build, do give me a call on gmail or


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