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Mar 01, 2007, 06:27 PM
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Looking for full plans for "Riptide" Marblehead

Any fellow vintage Marblehead enthusiasts have a set of plans for a boat called "Riptide", I was looking to try and build one this year, but all I have found are some tiny line drawings on a vintage yacht site. Any help on this would be great !!! Thanks !!!!
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Mar 01, 2007, 09:14 PM
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How big are the "tiny" line drawings?
I made a 6 ft sailboat from some 6 in line drawings.
Mar 01, 2007, 10:38 PM
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Here is the small image that I found, please check it out:[IMG]
Mar 01, 2007, 10:42 PM
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Hello vintageone,

Welcome to RC Groups !

I would suggest in the first instance that you send an e-mail asking about the availability of plans to the e-mail address on the page in the link below...

I know that they want to sell custom-made models for $2500 + packing & shipping - but it might be that they will also sell a copy of the plan.


Building from fullsize drawings is a better option than scaling up a reduced drawing - with much scope for small errors that will multiply in proportion...

Failing that, you may have to scale the drawing above...

Last edited by keven64; Mar 02, 2007 at 06:14 AM. Reason: To remove the huge picture that was posted as a thumbnail minutes ealier !
Mar 01, 2007, 10:58 PM
micro yacht nut.....
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I have Riptides hull sections in CAD format if that is any help.
Mar 01, 2007, 11:48 PM
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Ooooo !

I was thinking about how nice a 1/2 size Riptide would be - for micro radio - and no need to spend $2500...!

200sq.in. of sail on a small hull like that would be great...

Mar 02, 2007, 01:47 AM
micro yacht nut.....
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Good thinking keven!
here is a link to some disscussion on Riptide.

I belive you can purchase plans from the USVMYG
Mar 02, 2007, 02:20 AM
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25" long model yachts were quite popular here about 20 years ago - I think I'll dig out a few old magazines.

Some of the older 'English' Marbleheads are very attractive as well...

Mar 02, 2007, 05:19 AM
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I used to sail a "Bewitched" Marblehead. She was very powerful in a good stiff breeze. Theres also a "Witchcraft" in the club somewhere. I love the look of these older yachts, and its nice to see people still modelling the old Priest/Lewis designs.
I met John Lewis years ago, and he designed a large yacht based on a 6M specially for our club. Its also very powerful in lots of wind, which is our speciality up here.
Good on you Vintageone. Keep us posted on progress. I'll be watching.
Mar 02, 2007, 06:12 AM
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John Lewis. Dick Priest...
Those are names on many of the designs in an old and battered copy of an MAP model boats plans handbook...

Are there pictures online that I could look at instead ?

Mar 02, 2007, 06:44 AM
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I have a copy of the priest/lewis book from the early 60,s. Im reading it for the umpteenth time again at the moment. Our club also has a copy of lewis's newer book. Both books have scaled line drawings of all the famous 50's designs. They were very beautiful boats.
I just did a google of "bewitched", and didnt find very much. I can scan the lines of a few old timer M's for you if you want Kev?
When I was younger, I made a small "Bewitched" to sail before I was big enough to sail the full size version. I made it into a model of my dads model! It was around the 25" size.I would like to make another some day, and add radio(of course!!) The vintage M's are close to my heart, and always will be.
As we say here- Bonny boats.
Mar 02, 2007, 07:15 AM
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Oh that would be so kind, Barry...

I am planning 1/2M yachts, mind...
At the full size they are simply too big for me to cope with...
Even my 30" yacht is a little too heavy.

The 1/2M's would take me a while to make - but I will make some... eventually. They are bonny boats - as you say...

I like those with full keels as well as the fin-and-bulb style later designs...

Am I mistaken that one of the classic M's was called Highlander - or was that an 'A' boat...?
I'll bet it was an 'A' - my mind is like swiss cheese these days.
Each model was a natural progression from an earlier one... lovely.

I googled Dick Priest, Bewitched and Witchcraft and found nothing useful...

Last edited by keven64; Mar 02, 2007 at 07:26 AM. Reason: grammar
Mar 02, 2007, 10:33 AM
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Traplet also do some plans for some of the older M's.
Woops, I managed to find an alternative working route to the plans and the M's are modernish. Must have been in the X-list
Last edited by martin richards; Mar 02, 2007 at 10:47 AM. Reason: Don't know what I'm talking about
Mar 02, 2007, 01:04 PM
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Highlander was the bionic A. She's in the bar of West Kirby Sailing Club.

Riptide is American. The man who knows everything about her is Earl Boebert.

Mar 02, 2007, 10:50 PM
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A bionic yacht - I like the sound of that.
Thanks Angus...


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