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Hong Kong,

T37 and T50





Hi Will, we sailed the T50 today- it was very fast. It was launching off the waves upwind and overtaking them downwind. Very happy with the quality of the kit and the end product thanks Will. Regards,





Matt built his T37 first and then a few weeks later started to build his T50.

Both turned out to be splendid yachts. He built both boats in record time and built them under rather unique conditions as you will see below in reading the series of notes that he sent to me over a few weeks.

Thanks, Matt, for sending such great pictures! I especially love the picture of your son standing behind the T50, holding the boat up, steady for the picture. It makes the boat look so huge! The launching picture above is another one of my favorites! It is great fun to have our boats sailing in Hong Kong!!

Hi there, we thought you would like to see some photos of our new T37 Hull #1121 which we finished and launched today in Hong Kong. It only 1 week to build, all of the building was done in my bedroom due to the constraints of HK living! (very understanding wife). A great way to spend Boxing day in beautiful winter weather. I have 3 young sons (2 are pictured) who think that Dad should now buy the T50mod kit for our next adventure. Thanks for a great kit, all went together perfectly with the help of your great builder's manual. Regards,


Hi Will, We got some nice shots of our second day sailing with the T37 today. More beautiful weather and we went to a different beach in Hong Kong with an onshore breeze and the boat sailed great! I think I have a few friends interested in these boats now as there is no rc sailing here much at all- only gas powered stink boats. Hope you like the pics - please let me know about the T50!! Regards,









Hi Will, I just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know that I got the T50 kit back to Hong Kong safely and have made some good progress during the week in my bedroom boatshed as you can see from the photos. The deck went on today so it feels like I'm turning for the home stretch now! Had no problems yet with it, everything is going together nicely although my bathroom is getting a little dusty! I sailed the T37 yesterday with the carbon spars and it went great. Will be in touch with the first sailing photos, regards,


Hi Will, here's some photos of the finished T50- I just need to put the mylar hatches on then it's ready to go. I decided to put some Rodd Carr sails on to add to the effect, he had them to me in about 5 days! I finished the boat in 2 weeks total including going away for work a few times, it looks great. I think that the building urge has been satisfied for now considering we have done a T37 and T50 since the 18th of December- all in my bedroom with no power tools other than a battery drill!! Thanks again for your help Will, I think we will sail it tomorrow. Regards,





Matt is Australian. He is a commercial pilot and flies for Quantas Air.







Leesburg, Florida

I have hull 1002 and on 15 January 2011 I sailed the boat for the first time. Everything worked as it should have. I planked the deck with two different kinds of wood, and I made hatch covers over the radio and the rudder openings. The deck has 20 coats of marine varnish on and the hull has 15 coats. I thoroughly enjoyed building this boat. My wife painted the main sail with two red flowing stripes and and she painted the name Nord Vind on the sides of the boat. Chris Russ

Seattle, Washington

Thanks, Will.
I'm glad I found you again, too.
Many years ago, I bought two of your models in Seattle. They were the only model of yours in the store -- what you call the T Class now, I guess -- beautiful kits with the most amazing grain in the hull. Anyway, I brought them home, and my brother and I built them together one weekend and chased them around the bay in my little sailboat. We had a ball.
My brother's kids are still a bit young (6 and 4), but old enough for their Uncle Stevie to build them each their own boat and get the next generation hooked when the weather gets a bit warmer. Perhaps we'll have all 4 out on the water together, with that same little DaySailer in hot pursuit. I can hear the giggling now.
Thanks for still being out there.

Warmest Regards, and Happy New Year

T27 and T37, Ontario, Canada



Hi Will,
Here then are some of my pictures of the "T 37."
She was finished mid Nov- 2010 and had lots of fun building this one also. She has only not seen water yet, too cold over here, hopefully somewhere in April and maybe even sooner!!

We have in mind to come to BC. for an other train trip this year, around September and I would like to schedule you in for a visit to your place in Everson if that is OK with you?
Regards and hope to hear back from you,
Theo Brunet


T50, Pocasset, Massachusetts

Hello Will...
Plenty of snow gives me plenty of time...fiber cross pieces tomorrow...
I have a number of folks interested in my project you might get another sale or sail ...
I will keep you informed...
Stan Morton





From the pages of Sailing World Magazine

Jonathan McKee is a world famous sailor and Olympic Gold Medal Winning skipper

February sailing at Seattle's Brand New Sailing Pond in South Lake Union Park


Great day – by the time we quit it was reported 30kts gust 38 at West Point – imagine we had a few knots less at the Pond. 10 races sailed, it was exciting. 9 boats I think, good fleet.
I think we learned a lot, and very entertaining. First-timer Fritz Lanzinger had a fabulous first race, and is a likely future owner (as a result)!
KCPQ 13 was down there with a camera, and a mandate to report something about the big wind. They did some filming and interviewing, and said that it may air at 10:00 news slot on Channel 13, FYI. I mentioned Will, Tippecanoe, gave web site address, etc. so hopefully they will get that on. Lots of spectators down there as usual.
Really fun, see you all next time.
Bates McKee


Initially the breeze was good, but a bit variable. By the 4th race we started to get some wicked gusts.
By the 10th race it was really blowing. Peter was hard to beat.
Congratulations to Peter for a consistently well sailed series. Bates and Jonathan were right there with him most of the afternoon.
Again, we had a blast at the pond today. Hope to see you next time.
Allan Van Ness




By March the winds at the pond have become more settled:

Commodore Allan VanNess of the Pacific Northwest Model Yacht Club, a graduate of the University of Washington and a guest teacher at the University has just done a beautiful job redoing his T37 with the Husky theme.










Will sails his T12 in the Seattle sailing pond. Will's grandfather, Ron, sails a T37 very competitively in the Seattle T37 Model Sailing Club (the PNMYC) and decided that he wanted to get his grandson started off in the right direction as well.

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