Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

As you can see from my sites, I am heavily into radio controlled boats. I am married to a Japanese woman (whose name is Maiko), and I love to travel! I welcome comments and questions from all corners of the world!

Sunday, October 15, 2006


Craig Nash in Nova Scotia, brings us our first IJN SHINANO! We will be getting more information from Craig in the coming weeks, but I wanted to let everyone know that the 3rd member of the Yamato class has finally made it into the IYOA! Congrats on your progress so far and good luck, Craig!

A video of Craig's Shinano being tested can be found on our videos page. Go check it out!

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  • Saturday, October 14, 2006

    Curt Stokes sails again

    Here are some great pics of Curt Stokes' Yamato during a sortie she made last week. Great pictures, Curt! Enjoy!

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  • Wednesday, October 11, 2006


    IYOA now has links to videos of Yamatos in action (well, one for now)! Go to the Video Clips page and click on the link to Mark Wilkes' Yamato. He did a nice little job with music and text. Check it out now!

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  • Sunday, October 01, 2006


    After 1 and a half months of construction, the newest member of the IYOA, R.C.S. MUSASHI made her Maiden Voyage on Dobdon Lake in Mesa, AZ!

    The voyage began at 10:00am on Sunday, October 1 2006. It lasted until about 11:15. Only 2 rechargable batteries were required, as the Musashi is very miserly.

    There were a number of sailboats to share the lake with the "Moose". Dobson Lake is the home of the MMYC boat club after all. Musashi even participated in a rescue mission for one of the sailboats which was snagged on a bouy.

    All in all, it was an extremely successful voyage, with no complaints. Nothing went wrong, and the leak in her aft hull was sealed sufficiently. Over the course of future voyages, we will see detail added to the ship, making her a better and bette model. For now though, I am just happy to have a successful start to what should be a long sailing life!

    Barrett Hochhaus

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