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.

Notice: THIS IS OUR OLD WEBSITE.  Click HERE to go to the new website.

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 April 2017 20:47
Current Conditions at Spreckels Lake
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Last Updated on Friday, 26 March 2010 15:43
Results of the Star-45 Region 6 Championships Hosted at sfmyc

SFMYC hosted the AMYA 2016 Star-45 Region 6 Championship on October 15 and 16, 2016.

Youtube Videos of some of the races: Click here

Photos of the Regatta:

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 15:07
Results of the 2016 AMYA Victoria National Championships

The SFMYC hosted the Victoria National Championship Regatta on September 9-11!

Here are the results and some photos from the event.


Some Race Photos

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Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 15:10
Sand-Casting a Lead Keel
Article by Mike Stobbe Describing how to
cast a lead keel for a model yacht.
Click here for the article (in PDF).
Last Updated on Sunday, 15 January 2017 13:05
SS Tahoe by Alan Zulberti

Here is a story of the history of the SS Tahoe, a lake steamer servicing the shoreline

communities surrounding Lake Tahoe before the 1930s. Alan Zulberti tells story of the

steamer and the building of the SS Tahoe model in copper sheets. Click on the image

to read the article.

SS Tahoe, Queen of the Lake, by Alan Zulberti


Last Updated on Friday, 22 July 2016 22:33
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

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Click here for the full article.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2016 00:50
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.

Click Here for the Article in PDF format.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 July 2016 01:00
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