Welcome to the Monterey Clipper-pedia

The Monterey Clipper fishing boats have long had a cult following among boat modelers on the West coast. My hope for this site is to introduce the boats to a wider audience, and to help modelers find the details which are so important in constructing their creations.

The boats make appealing subjects, especially for the R/C modeler. As with tugboats, one can make a large model of a small boat, allowing for all sorts of character and charm. The Continue reading

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A Monterey on ebay

A Monterey boat on ebay, in San Francisco

Mark alerted us to a Monterey boat being listed on ebay:
ebay: https://www.ebay.com/i/302499934477

No fishing license, so this would need to be a pleasure or tour boat.

Good luck!

~~~ MC ~~~

 

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Leon Embry

Leon Embry

Leon Embry, master modeler and Monterey boat expert, passed in September. Leon created the gorgeous St. Erina model in 1:6, as well as other boats. He was also my inspiration for building the Hicks engine model- he did it first, also in 1:6… and without my “cheats” of 3D printing! See images of Leon’s work in the Modelers’ Gallery here.
Fair winds, Leon.

Leon’s obituary

~~~ MC ~~~

 

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Another Gurdy Drive

Mark M’s “Josie M” trolling off Fort Bragg, ca. 1968

Mark M. forwarded another shot of his Monterey “Josie M”. They say salmon is brain food… must be, as Mark’s UC Berkeley classmate Andrew E. (left), is now a doctor, and Mark’s brother Paul M. (right) is an attorney. And Mark M. only has a BSEE and a JD (!)

“Josie M” ran an old CAT D3400 4 cyl. diesel. A PTO forward connected to the old truck transmission (in front of Paul), which connected through a few angle gearboxes to drive the gurdies (P&S).

You can just see the traditional stubby tiller extending over the pit where Andrew and Paul are resting their feet.

Thanks Mark!

~~~ MC ~~~

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Rare Embry Hicks Engine Model for Sale

Here’s a rare opportunity! RC Groups member BLA1 has an original 1:6 scale Hicks model from the hands of Leon Embry (Nostalgia Engineering) for sale… along with an Embry 1:6 Monterey hull and a passel of fittings from Ken Valk’s “Wet Goose” operation. All are out of production.

Leon’s engine (seen in the header above, as well) is what inspired me to build a 1:8 scale version, as seen in the posts below. But in 1:6, you get a BIG engine to put in a bigger hull.

To see the full listing, go to RC Groups:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?2935577-Too-many-boats
To contact BLA1, you’ll need to register, and send him a PM (private message) by clicking on his name in the ad.
Note: BLA1 knows what he has, and none of it came cheaply! I’ll leave the negotiations to you…

More parts:

 

~~ MC ~~

 

 

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Hicks Article in “Ships in Scale”

Ships in Scale, Summer 2017 issue

My article on researching and building the Hicks engine model (Part 1) is in the current issue of “Ships in Scale” magazine… even made the cover, woo-hoo!

~~ MC ~~

 

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Another “New” Image of the Wharf

Commercial image of Fisherman’s Wharf. Click to open large format copy (6652 pixels wide)

Many vintage post cards showing the wharf are available. This is an example of a commercial image sold as a regular photographic print, in this case a bit larger than 3×5 inch. It has no date or creator marks on the back side, only the legend “Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco California”. It could easily date to the 1920’s. Clearly visible are the early boat registration numbers, such as “B.289”. This system later changed to a format like “28K398”, which in turn was replaced with the current numbering system, around 1960.

 

~~ MC ~~

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Hicks Engine Model- Almost Done!

Here it is, mounted on it’s display stand with sound system installed. A few more details to attend to before I can go off on my next project…

 

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