Welcome to the San Francisco Model Yacht Club



Our club is devoted to the building and sailing of model yachts, both power and sail. Whether you are a builder, sailor, or just curious about this interesting and beautiful hobby, all are welcome.

We are located in San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park at the 36th Avenue and Fulton Street entrance. There we have a clubhouse and a lake, both of which are devoted to model yachting.
Last Updated on Saturday, 13 December 2014 21:21
Current Conditions at Spreckels Lake
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Last Updated on Friday, 26 March 2010 15:43
Story of SF Steam Up 2009 by Ken Valk

On August 16, 2009 the San Francisco Model Yacht Club (SFMYC) hosted its first All Steam Power Model Boat Regatta. This unique event was the club’s tribute to steam, our first power boat models.   pict3.png

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Last Updated on Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:25
History and Restoration of the Margie

History and Restoration of the Margie (Ken Valk)

 margie_the_crew.jpgThe gasoline powered scale yacht “Margie” is one of the most unique and innovative models that was ever designed and constructed. Its hull was patterned after a World War II John L. Hacker Cabin Cruiser and was scaled down by Don Lyons. Master Craftsman Virgil Gustavino of The San Francisco Model Club originally built her in the early 1940’s. However, it was Ed DeGear, Margie’s first and only owner who is credited with giving Margie many of her advanced mechanical engineering components.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 27 March 2010 12:24
Aging and Weathering Article

Ken Valk has written an interesting construction article about Aging and Weathering. The article can be found here.

Since Ken completed the “Lupo Di Mare” (Sea Dog in Italian), a 60 inch 1932 era Monterey Clipper used for salmon and crabbing on the West Coast, many fellow modelers have asked how she was finished. The article includes some thoughts and tips which may help builders (beginning and experienced) to created the perfect weather and aged appearance on your next model.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 January 2011 14:15
Wooden Boats on Parade


Wooden Boats on Parade
Wooden Boats on Parade
The San Francisco Model Yacht Club hosted the 2010 Wooden Boats on Parade, on Sunday, October 24th.

Since its inception in 1996, Wooden Boats on Parade has grown to become one of the largest model boat exhibitions in the country. Held every two years, the 2008 show attracted over 200 participants from the Western United States and Canada.

Designed is to promote the skills and craftsmanship of model boat building and sailing by showcasing some of the finest examples of museum quality vintage and contemporary ship models in a relaxed and non-competitive setting.

Last Updated on Sunday, 23 January 2011 23:58