What we cover in our boat building eBook

Chapters include:

  • Strip planking the hull.
  • Fibreglass strengthening.
  • Mould and casting lead keel ballast.
  • Electrics installation.
  • Spray painting and masking techniques.
  • Sail making.
  • Mast, rigging and tuning of sails.
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Build Your Own Radio Controlled Yacht - book cover

Build Your Own Radio Controlled Yacht

This book is designed to help you build a RacingSparrow 750 from scratch using minimal materials and a very minimal tool set. When you buy the eBook you download a PDF version complete with detailed plans, clear illustrations and photos. It lists all tools & materials and shows centimeters & inch measurements. 

Are there other plans I can build?

You can download these plans for free , 7 differing sizes and designs.

The techniques and materials detailed in the book can easily be adapted to the other plans to get a boat that suits your tastes. Along with the RS750 the other very popular boat is the RG65 designed RacingSparrow. The RG65 can be used to race and measures within the rules.

How much does it cost?

Some modellers manage to build for as little as $50. This might be someone who has some of the materials already or are good at repurposing old things. The authors boat cost around $300 including the radio gear. That was for all the materials described and used in the book. 

glossary visual from the eBook

Anyone can build a Racing Sparrow

The book has been designed to make a decent model yacht. One the looks stunning, sails like it's on rails and is playful and fun to sail. But also not cost the earth or require specialist tools.

What tools do I need?

Not that many as you can see in the picture. Those are all the tools used in this eBook. One less excuse to build that model boat you've always dreamt about. Get amongst it!

The only tool needed to make a Racing Sparrow
1 Meter Racing Sparrow deck planking

Some of the boats people have built using this book. Awesome!

You can send us your images and we'll post them on this site.

Royal Declerks' Black Pearl, Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia

Apr 2, 2017

RC Yacht - Royal Declerks' Black Pearl, Mount Martha, Victoria, Australia

'Sparrow' based RG 65

May 2, 2020

RC Yacht - 'Sparrow' based RG 65,

Geoff Lewis, Isle of Wight

Sep 22, 2009

RC Yacht - Geoff Lewis, Isle of Wight

Bryn the Authors 750

Jan 19, 2006

RC Yacht - Bryn the Authors 750,

Julian Anthony, Kohuwala, Sri Lanka

Jun 4, 2021

RC Yacht - Julian Anthony, Kohuwala, Sri Lanka

Kevins stunning RG65, New Zealand

Aug 1, 2013

RC Yacht - Kevins stunning RG65, New Zealand

Rod Patterson, Christchurch, New Zealand

May 4, 2012

RC Yacht - Rod Patterson, Christchurch, New Zealand

Jerome Declerck - 750

Dec 2, 2020

RC Yacht - Jerome Declerck - 750,

A 650 build

Apr 1, 2018

RC Yacht - A 650 build,

Terry Raggett's - RS750, Portsmouth, England

Jun 4, 2008

RC Yacht - Terry Raggett's - RS750, Portsmouth, England

Miss Sunshine, RS750 by Terry Plumridge from Vienna Austria. Built for his wife Gertraud. Terry writes " Firstly thanks for writing your book, it introduced me to building from plans, and plank on frame construction, both of which I enjoyed tremendously."