Welcome!

Hello, you’ve reached my new site where you can view the boat models I build.  Each page is a different model.

I’ve been “messing around in boats” for too many years to count.  I’ve refurbished, redesigned, and built from scratch close to 10 life-sized boats.  Two of them were ocean cruisers.  Recently my wife and I circumnavigated the Atlantic Ocean on our 45′ center cockpit ketch.  Sailing days over, I’ve turned to building model boats.

The models on these pages can be viewed at Manafort’s Maritime Model Museum located at Island Cove Marina!

Do you want a model of your own boat?  Contact me via email.  Thanks for looking!

Bill

6 responses to “Welcome!

  1. Olivier Bourgeois

    Hi Bill,
    Very nice work, glad I could see them. They look real. If I hear of someone looking to have a model done of their boat, I will recommend they view your website and get in touch with you. Olivier

  2. The pictures do not do these models justice. Each time you look, you can find a new detail you never noticed before. The hard work shows.

  3. WOW i cant believe the kind of work and hours that must have gone into these boats! The details are mind blowing and are crafted so nicely! Amazing work!

  4. Awesome! How do you determine mast height? Found wooden hull so started from scratch. LOA 18 1/2″ & bottom of hull to deck is 2 3/4″. Please help me.
    Karen berg

    • Hi there!

      Thanks! Do you know if the boat is supposed to be a single mast or more? I don’t want to assume single.

      The single-mast sailboat, Plough, was a 30-foot with a mast about 45 feet from the bottom (it was a keel-stepped mast). So the model is 30″ with a 45″ mast, I made it 1′ to 1″. I have the actual plans and built the the full sized vessel in 1995-7, built the model last year.

      Hope that helps,
      Bill

  5. What is your email address?? I’d like to purchase the model of the fitz,as my husband did the refit in her in palm Beach and that’s how we met.

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