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 real boats were custom made, one at a time, “the old way”, so no two boats were exactly the same– which opens the door to your creativity, with no questions asked!

Your Submissions are Welcome too!
This site will be built on information that I pull together from various sources, including my own original research. But I welcome any material you’d like to contribute and share with the world on this single aggregate site… photos, links, stories, modeling questions, whatever! Please see the contact form on the About page; I also see “Comments” which can be added at the bottom of any post… and your comments and discussion are welcome as well.

See below for blog updates about the site and any other related news; explore the site’s information through the menus up above.


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4 Responses to Welcome to the Monterey Clipper-pedia

  1. alanmuller says:

    What was the point of the large smokestacks? Were they mufflers? Or mainly decorative?


    • Mark says:

      They housed the muffler usually. We had a CAT D 3400 on our Monterey and the muffler was in the stack.



      • Mark says:

        I do recall one Monterey that had a Chrysler Crown straight six gas engine with the muffler inside the engine room aft of the wheelhouse. The exhaust was just a small diameter tail pipe pointed straight up. It looked terrible, spindly, not at all in keeping with the general good looks and appropriate proportions of the Monterey.


  2. matthewsmodelmarine says:

    Thanks for the question. Since every boat was outfitted differently, and practices changed over the years, it’s hard to answer precisely… let us know if you have a particular image in mind. Some of the boats had Hicks engines with large cast iron mufflers attached to the head. The owner would then put an even larger stovepipe over that, which may or may not be reduced in diameter as it exits the pilothouse. Later boats, or rebuilds, could have a smaller diesel mounted in a short cabin behind the pilothouse… these would also have a muffler and a protective covering over that… I can imagine that some placed an exaggerated tugboat stack there.


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