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While I was in Uk in Noughties I bought two antique pond yachts to restore one day...

The Vintage Model Yacht Group published several booklets printed by Curved Air Press based on articles going back to 1920’s. 

Titles include:

Jack’s Guide to Restoration of Older Model Yachts

Your Model Yacht - how to sail it

Tuning up a Model Yacht


These are now available from Sailsetc but their website appears to be down.

http://www.vmyg.org.uk/pages/resources/books/caplist 2003.htm


Techniques and suppliers have obviously progressed or changed in last 100 years but some advice is as relevant today as then. From restoration manual p1 first line:

“Some important Don’ts

Don’t bring boats, tools, work in progress from workshop into kitchen without an express invitation.”


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On 9/18/2019 at 2:29 PM, Commodore53 said:

I am trying to assist someon who is restoring an 1895 vintage Central Park Pond Boat. Can anyone recommend an expert in this part of modelling?

Thank you-

 Are you looking for information on how to restore them or are you looking for someone to do the restoration?  

"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

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