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 and not 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.

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.

Racing Sparrow 750 - Terry Plumridge, Vienna, Austria

Jan 26, 2018

RC Yacht - Racing Sparrow 750 - Terry Plumridge, Vienna, Austria

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."

Peter Knox, Canterbury, New Zealand

Apr 30, 2008

RC Yacht - Peter Knox, Canterbury, New Zealand

Mel Kitson's 750, Watford UK

Jun 5, 2013

RC Yacht - Mel Kitson's 750, Watford UK

Hi, Bryn, I enjoyed the build immensely. There were areas where I had some uncertainties, some of which were assisted through the forum posts, and some of which I improvised. All in all I am truly delighted with the end result and now look forward to learning to sail and enjoying many happy hours "playing".

Kind regards, Mel Kitson

Red Boat by the Author., Wellington, New Zealand

Sep 2, 2008

RC Yacht - Red Boat by the Author., Wellington, New Zealand

This red boat is the latest racing sparrow that we've built and put to the test. It has been built for wellington conditions. It has the maximum 1.3kg lead bulb. It has a basic deck structure, no plywood, 1 layer of balsa with a coat of resin-only to save on weight and budget. It uses the more basic hatch construction of plastic sheet taped on with ducktape, very effective and waterproof. The sails are maxed out, being cut very close to the plans, maybe a little bigger, there are no rules about max sail area in the class rules! Another difference on this boat is the mast has been painted black for a different look.

Racing Sparrow #3 - rigging, Auckland, New Zealand

Apr 1, 2004

RC Yacht - Racing Sparrow #3 - rigging, Auckland, New Zealand

'Sparrow' based RG 65

May 2, 2020

RC Yacht - 'Sparrow' based RG 65,

Graham Long, Auckland, New Zealand

Dec 17, 2009

RC Yacht - Graham Long, Auckland, New Zealand

Bryn the Authors 750

Jan 19, 2006

RC Yacht - Bryn the Authors 750,

Royal Declerks' Black Pearl, Australia

Apr 2, 2017

RC Yacht - Royal Declerks' Black Pearl, Australia

Hi Bryn, let me introduce you to “Jack Sparrows” sister, Black Pearl, yet to have sail markings done and some rig adjustments. Regards Royal.

Matt - Fly Girl 750

Oct 1, 2014

RC Yacht - Matt - Fly Girl 750,