Radio Sailing Shop Boat News : July 2020 - Timber ioms, home building, restoring pond yachts

Boat News  Lockdown edition , everyone is homebuilding!

So Much has been happening while you have been locked down keeping really busy with your building, here are some pics to entertain you, stay safe please.

Gary has built yet another and aptly named it!

This year during 2020 and the Corona Virus marks our 24th year online and our 28th building and sending out RC Sailing Gear and Yachts internationally, how is that!!!

Oh and also , SpectreSails since 1996!

You will find an increased range of parts,boats and sails and of course if you cannot find it , please ask!

Sending to sailors from St.Petersburg to Tokyo and all around the world, its great to be able to share pictures sent back by sailors of how they use the parts and we hope it gives you inspiration and help!

As one of the worlds only Full time run Shops for parts, sails and boats, you can contact us by email or phone or even by appointment drop in, not bad in the age of flash in the pan websites with part time staff , part time operating hours , limited stock and no phone!

To all that have shared the journey with us and those who we have met, thank you and we hope you can continue to help us share the knowledge to keep this past time alive and strong.

Remember as I continually say,

Its not all about racing, its about fun!


In this issue

-restoring pond yachts

-iom set ups and new boats

-new sailwinches

-rebuilding boats


-timber ioms and other homebuilds

sailrc, britpop, kantun, sailsetc, dragon force65, dragon flite,couta boat,pond yacht, radio yacht supplies

We are here operating as ever through the challenges of lockdown!


Richard has been sailing our 3D printed iom yachts around the world (as you can see by our bow logos and the ice!)

This one is Andy Hoffmans 'Manta' , available from the 3d print files in store!

No painting required and temperature stable in the ice fields!

Just that it cannnot jump ice bergs, yet!


New ARS-808 , ARS-808R Digital Sailwinches and RMG Sailwinches

Heres the shop line up, s100 sailwinch and ars-808 waterproof winches and the old reliable RMG Smartwinch.

Both the ARS-808, ARS-808R & RMG winches use the same mounting points and drum barrell spline so they can be easly interchanged.

Issues with the 290 series of RMGs saw a new model created with updated trim pot (blue box) to make more water resistant.

The original ARS-808 is a plug and play dumb winch, not as quick as a RMG, but lighter, waterproof and cheaper!

While the ARS-808R is the high speed version!


RG65 wingsails and Una rigs, testing times!

Version 3 of Andrews wing sail has shown good promise on the rgs against the fleet.

Note the rig is laced to a swing rig set up, this has made things alot better and worth trying if you are building a wing sail.

Mark Dicks drew up a UNA rig so as to rial a single sail set up and we built this one and others to gather data, so fa so good!

Tacking is clean as the rig does not stall like a swing rig, making a strong main boom to mast conection is the big issue, however we have been trialing so new ideas there also!

the only way to learn!  test , test , test!


Tony is building ioms and solings!

When Victor model products stopped making Solings and other boats a few like Tony have been making them in fibreglass.

Matching Port and Starboard even!

Here is Tonys latest wooden iom ready to hit the water.



And heres another picture by Richard, this time of my boat!

The Skull, from S.P.E.C.T.R.E, no need to explain if your a James Bond fan, thats where - Spectre Marine and Spectre sails came from, online for 24+ years with boats, parts and sails, now!


A Tasmanian Classic model yacht restoration.

She had been sitting in Tasmania for 80 years until Kyle kindly collected here and transported to the mainland for me, thanks again Kyle!

White everything, mast glued in and bright red stand she had been repainted alot, sanded and varnished deck as a start.

Cleaning the keel of rough paint revealed a copper keel fin too nice to recover!

Deck and hull redone in white with the once red stand and deck matched in timber to the masts.

Add in some new fittings and brass screws (so hard to find these days) and she is looking better than ever.


Dad, left us a year ago, but is always with us.

Dad at the helm of his and mums Lakes fishing boat.

Last year Mum and dad were recognised as citizens of the year during the Australia Day awards for their work in dusting off the rusty old collection of parts in a garage and creating the Paynesville Maritime Museum as it is today.

Collecting, cataloguing and making the information fun and accesible to all, make sure you visit if in Paynesville, Gippsland in Victoria!

Lakes history and things like lead 'duck weight' splines used to hold battens down for drafting hulls.

Chris has made this steamer and many others for the museum.

Dad has worked with our Friend Adrian at Float a Boat to help catalogue the Craft of the Gippsland lakes and capture line plans of the many for the future.


Central Park Sailing with Douglas!

Another 3D printed boat and another boat for us at the club in Central Park New York!


Canterbury J class anyone?

Just had to share this lovely deck built by Chris!


Yes we have rig bags in the shop!

Made in Australia , just like our boats!

New Pikanto kit and Marblehead, a bit more later! sailsetc paradox marblehead


Riks amazing flotila, wow, wow, wow!!!!





Hmas Tobruk




Model of the Maltese Falcon.


Vintage Marblehead restoration, the Kisutch 1980 world champion (?).

KA-424 (KA was used instead of AUS on sails as a part of the british empire until the 1980s!) was needing some love.

Complete with rigs and many coats of paint, removal revealed white underneath and lovely timber foils, she cleaned up well!


Rg65 Racing in Australia.

Some of the fleet on a calm balmy day.

Now blue this SAILSetc Argon has had a rebuild to great effect!

And Robin racing has a new ride also.

As does Daryl with Kermit!


Mini 12 metres! (EC-12s!) (East Coast 12 Metre class)


The class was built from the mold taken off 1960s tank test americas cup model for Eagle!




Thanks for reading and we hope the stories from around the world have inspired and helped you, please share the knowledge you gain with others and good sailing.


Andrew Cook