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Kimosubby Shipyards

“Springer done. Footy done. Made a free sailing footy from foam. Time for a rest and to make some sails for a prawner and my Thames Barge.”

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County/State: Isle of Man
Country: United Kingdom

My Model Building:

What is your main interest:

  • Scale Boats - Sailing

How long have you been building model boats:

  • Over 10 years

What type of model boat do you build:

  • Modern
  • Rigged

Are you a member of:

  • MYA
  • Other:: AMBO VMYG

I build from:

  • Plans
  • Kits
  • Preassembled

Which of the following best describes your model-building ability:

  • Skilled

More about me:

I started model boat building when I gave up playing competitive rugby about 1990, to get me away from the apres game on Saturday afternoons!
I started with a Biliings Viking boat kit, then straight to a tb Celia Jane from Metcalf Mouldings. Since then I've built several period ships, starting as kits, then adapting kits to correct for errors. I've built a Celestine (as the Sea Crusader), two small tugs, three 1OM yachts and a Phigit yacht amongst several restorations and repairs for other boaters. My current projects include a tb Lady Daphne (see AMBO site), a vintage yacht restoration (1910), a Bounty, two Star yachts, and another period boat being delivered today for a re-rig!
I'm a member of AMBO, the Manx MBC, IGKT and the VMYG and the MYA.
I've been involved in search and rescue here on the Island since 1973, firstly with the Coastguards in both an MRSC and the cliff rescue team, and in 1981 I transferred to the RNLI, where I still serve but no longer afloat (over 55) but as the DLA of Ramsey station.
I also enjoy gardening, and my four grandchildren, I used to race motor cycles as well. All in all a full and busy existence.

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Last online: 13/04/2017 14:37:59

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