December 14, 2022
By Marc Robic
Last time SinC introduced you to the amazing work of amateur model builder, Marc Robic of Montreal, in Part 1 in his own words. In this instalment, Marc recounts how his model making obsession just kept growing!
The following year, friends of ours, Richard and Denise, purchased a C&C 34 and, based out of the Royal St-Lawrence Yacht Club, they are very active and doing extremely well in the racing scene here in Montreal. Ghost Owl is a truly remarkable boat and, of course, I had to make a model. So I snuck over to the yacht club to take dozen’s of pictures and measurement and it became that winter’s project.
Left: C&C 34 Ghost Owl / Right: Dream Weaver Catalina 34
Then came Dream Weaver, an incredibly well-equipped Catalina 34 MKII, owned by Maryse and François, close friends of ours, out of Collins Bay Marina near Kingston, Ontario.
The following winter was EBB TIDE, a Columbia 8.5 owned by Denise and Robert at our club, the Ile-Perrot Yacht Cub. This boat also has special meaning to me, as I sailed her back to Montreal from the Thousand Island when its previous owner and friend, Frank, first purchased her.
Left: Columbia 8.5 Ebb Tide / Right: CS 30 Ripple Court – note the cupholders!
Ripple Court, a CS30 was next! She also had special meaning, as she was owned by the Doug (also a former Harbour Master at our club) until she was sold to Diane and Rudy, two wonderful fellow members of the club. She too was a challenge with her transom and form shaping swim ladder. The teak cockpit table and cup holder was also quite the challenge, taking 3 attempts!
My last project was a very special one. A self designed tug boat that is also a night light as the cabin lights up. I built that especially for my grand son Matteo. The Humpback whale on the bow is his favorite animal.
Now, I am trying to figure out whose boat will be next… I’ve still got material left…
About the Writer: Marc Robic
Marc Robic and his wife, Claude Couture sail their Catalina 270, Aquaholic 3, out of the Ile-Perrot Yacht Club in Montreal, where Marc spent 16 years as Harbour Master and as a member of the Canadian Power & Sail Squadron. They are regular Caribbean bareboat yacht charterers. With over 40-years of experience, Marc is also an avid onboard do-it-yourselfer. email@example.com