Blake’s Seamaster, Straddle Bug(ing), a Champion of yachts large and small and the dreary port of Surrender!
Mark Steele's wonderful monthly potpouri of model boat news.

Ross Lillistone is a very experienced sailor as you will learn in this essay. He is also very knowlegeable about building methods. Here he discusses Stitch and glue boat building.

Electrical System Tricks
Rob Rohde-Szudy's modest way of describing his latest column is in the subtitle: A cautionary tale in which our hero over-complicates things and later sees the error of his ways.

Electrical System Tricks - Addendum
Rob Rohde-Szudy's has just sent an important addendum to last week's column. The addtional material is posted at the end of the article, but this link will take you right to it.


A Sexy Oz PDRacer
Do you think a PDRacer is just a plywood box that sails pretty well? Michael Storer has a report from Mike Claridge about one that he is building and this one looks, to quote Michael, sexy.

Schooners, a biggie Starlet, Durgan `dogs’,
fellows of fun and a Maroochydore flyer!

Mark Steele's monthly potpouri of model boat news.

We are the Fixers
If you're a boatbuilder, you are probably the person who fixes things around the house, right? Mike Connelly has some thoughts on this subject that I think you will enjoy.

Rudders and Boards – Yet Another Approach
Even though I think of myself as a somewhat experienced boat builder, I always learn something new from Rob Rohde-Szudy's articles. This time is certainly no exception. Read and learn.


"Beth" - Sailing Canoe
Finally, Michael Storer has released his "Beth" canoe yawl plans. This design is not for the faint hearted or inexperienced sailor but if you want some cheap thrills, this may be for you.

Just a plain old coastal working girl, colourful boats, and fun `sindickit(ing)’ for that cup!
Mark Steele's monthly potpouri of model boat news.

Life is Too Short for Broken Dreams
Besides being an accomplished boat builder and designer, Ross Lillistone is a very good writer. In this piece, another story about "Mike Rowe", he makes the case for small boats.

Bimini for AF4B - Part 2: Canvassing
Here is the conclusion to Rob Rohde-Szudy's howto on building a bimini. Amply illustrated and concisely detailed, Rob leaves nothing to the imagination - and does such a professional job!


Epoxy: What You Should Really Worry About
This grew out of a discussion that started with an article about an alternate method of building. No matter - Michael Storer knows what he is talking about and he shares what he knows.

As a technical advisor to the woodworking industry, John Welsford has access to serious testing equiptment. As a boat builder he has reason to test the many glues around today.

Micro Magic’s for instant pleasure, the `lost at sea’ boats mystery, a tall ship Lady Love and… the
schooners keep coming…

Mark Steele's monthly potpouri of model boat news.

Bimini for AF4B - Part 1: Getting Framed
Are you thinking about building a bimini for your boat? Please read this article before you begin. Once more, Rob Rohde-Szudy has made all the mistakes so you don't have to.


Mundoo 3 Solar Electric
A couple of years ago, Michael Storer did a lot of design work on the Mundoo Solar Electric cruiser. But it's only now that the real value of a power boat that uses no fuel is apparent.

Shenandoah, scene stealer at the Italy Rolex Rally, a Sea Thru Starlet, windling with Darth and the sailing now railroad-operating Lockley’s.
Mark Steele's wonderful potpouri of model boat news.

The Other Side of the Coin
When the new owner of a boat you worked on in the past contacts you about that boat old memories are liable to come to mind. If you are John Welsford, you may write about them.

GPH and MPG: Outboard Fuel Management
Rob Rohde-Szudy is the quintessential DIY'er. In this month's column, he shows us how to measure engine performance with bits of string, tubing, scrap lumber and an empty soda bottle.


A desirable outpost, a stunning windjammer. North Carolina oyster sharpies and Harban’s most exclusive little yacht klub
Mark Steele's wonderful potpouri of model boat news.

Boat Design without the Compromises
Is a boat design greater than the sum of its parts or is it all about compromise? In his monthly column, Michael Storer takes a look at this question and gives the antipodean view.

Wheel Steering Revisited
The title tells what the article is about, but it does not give a hint of the depth and imagination involved in Rob Rohde-Szudy's 'take-no-prisoners' approach to DIY boatbuilding.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Cup booing and big business in Spain, an Emirates-liveried one metre, a new `baby Starlet’ and a man passionate about his windling!
Mark Steele's popular column on model boat sailing.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Guess the price to get the boats pictured onto the water
Having met Michale Storer, I can attest to the fact that he feels strongly that modern racing sailboats have become too expensive. In this essay he makes the point in his own words.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Group
Ross Lillistone makes a case for small, informal groups of sailing enthusiasts who get together on a regular basis to enjoy and learn more about that particular activity.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Turning Over a Hull
This may be letting the cat out of the bag, but David Nichols is building the prototype of what will be a series of new,cruising sailboat designs. He plans to take this one to the Texas200

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Power Tool Rehabilitation
Now, I consider myself pretty cheap, and I have gone to great lengths to restore power tools, but I learned a lot when I read Rob Rohde-Szudy's latest. My hat is off to you, Rob! Thanks.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Sailors for time left, the barges of the Thames and Netherlands, rolling with Rolex and a great Charters schooners pretend shootout!
Mark Steele's "Where the Winds Blow..."

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The Rally Cars Didn't make it to DAKAR but the PDRacers Did
PDRacers are really catching on and the Oz version that Michael Storer offers for twenty bucks is leading the pack. Here is a story about one of the newest fleets - in West Africa.

Friday, April 4, 2008

A Simple Escape Machine
There is nothing simple about it - not for a boat builder comtemplating his next boat. But in this essay, Ross Lillistone uses his wonderful writing style to make it seem possible.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Navigation Light Angle Modification
Let's say you buy some cheap navigation lights from Duckworks and you discover they don't point right. If you are Rob Rohde-Szudy, you figure out a way to make them work.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Where the Winds Blow
In his regular monthly column, Mark Steele brings us reports of model yachting around the world. These bits are sprinkled, as usual, with his own humerous quotes and some poetry.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Oz PDRacer Launches in Mooloolaba
I was in Mooloolaba when Steve Wagstaff launched his Oz PDRacer and I concur with Michael Storer - who documents the occasion in this story - That Steve was smiling all day long.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Port Hadlock Report Card
From Pete Leenhouts we get a twofer this time: He reports on the summer class schedule at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding and follows up with some lovely project pictures.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Extreme Makeover for a Michalak AF4 Breve
Rob Rohde-Szudy is not sure if his failure to leave well enough along is a personality flaw. After reading this article I think you will agree with me that it is not.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The sailboat models of Eduard. the quite unique non-Footy Footies of the gentlemen of Yorkshire and the Olin Stephens designed Stormy Weather
Here is Mark Steele's monthly column a bit late this time.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Scenic surroundings, a Gentleman’s yacht, and a compact Square-rigger
Here is another interesting collection of reports and pictures of modelers and boats from Mark Steele.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Chicagoland Midsummer Messabout
Up in the Chicago area, they were late getting into the swing of messabouts, but they are making up for lost time. Rob Rohde-Szudy gives his account.

Friday, December 28, 2007

A Shake-down Cruise
Frank Bates and his wife Barb took their Pathfinder on a spring cruise in New Zealand and in spite of waves, high winds, rain they ended up on speaking terms.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Boomed vs. Boomless
Ross Lillistone read Michael Storer's article about traditional rigs last Friday and thought he would use his position as columnist to add some of his thoughts.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Traditional Sailing Rigs and Performance
I am essentially sitting in the choir whenever someone like Michael Storer expounds on the virtues of traditional type sails, but I still like to listen.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Where The Wind Blows
This month, Mark Steele, feeling the Christmas spirit, honors sailors who have passed on, then he goes on to describe a series of model sailboats large and small.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Bilge Keels
On a recent trip to Great Britain recently, David Nichols had his interst in Bilge Keels rekindled and wrote up this essay with pictures he took while there.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Wisconsin's Kickapoo River
Being from Texas, I think of Wisconsin as the "frozen north", but after reading Rob Rohde-Szudy's story, I am pretty sure it is a little piece of heaven.