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The Star 45 Construction Manual

This is my manual for how to build a Star 45 RC sailboat using available-for-purchase laser-cut frames.

So far, several people have used it and said that it was very helpful!



The manual comes in two formats:

PDF Electronic Version: $20. Send my PayPal account $20, and then email me to let me know the best email address to send it to. Use my email address as my account number.

Printed: $35. Full color with a stay-open coil binding. Go to Lulu Press to order it. Usually ships within a week. Looks great!



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