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Saturday Boating

Posted by alan chandler on January 13, 2017 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)
Lets start the new year with sailing boating tomorrow the 14th at Veterans Park 9:30 parking on the baseball side of the lake, hope to see you there Alan.

Sailing and Boating

Posted by alan chandler on September 30, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Hi members we have been meeting at the Veterans Park Lake on Valleydale Rd in front of Spain Park High School, usual format 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. Look forward to seeing you all there. Alan Chandler

Nirvana Nationals

Posted by Jared Smith on January 20, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Nirvana Nationals


The Montgomery Model Boat Club (MMBC) is proud to announce that the 1st North American Nirvana Nationals will be held on May 4, 5, & 6, 2012 in beautiful Wynton Blount Cultural Park in Montgomery Alabama.

The name of the event, voted in by the club founders, is "Arrr Sea Pirates Regatta". The pond we will actually use is still undecided, but right now we are leaning toward our normal pond do to it's ease of launch/recovery.

This event will be open to all Nirvana sailors, AMYA membership is encouraged, but not mandatory to race. The boats will have to meet AMYA rules and pass inspection to race.

The plan is to hold a practice session Friday afternoon, and race on Saturday & Sunday. Steve Lang of SailRC.com will be attending and is promising something special for all attendees. Nirvana Class Secretary, John Malek will also be here live and in person from Chicago.

A small entrance fee may be needed to cover costs; more information will be forth coming as we get more details worked out. If you have any questions/comments, feel free fire away.

Robert “Crash” Franklin, Commodore MMBC

Oak Mts. Hobbies

Posted by Jared Smith on December 13, 2011 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

If you get a chance, check out Oak Mountain Hobbies in Pelham. The have moved to a new location in the same strip mall. Doubled the size of their floor space. Have LARGE selection of stuff.

New Launch Ramp at Aldridge Gardens

Posted by Jared Smith on November 6, 2011 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This last Saturday, 11/5/11 we started building a launch ramp at Aldridge Gardens. We have most of it finished as you can see in the photo album "The new launch pad". We will build it up as the water level in the Lake rises. Thanks to all who helped with the project, especially Miles Jackson who provided the blocks !

Star Lake

Posted by Jared Smith on October 28, 2011 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Starting in October, we will be meeting at Star Lake the 5th Saturday oif the month. This will only come around 4 times per year, it will give us a change odf scenery. We will not be leaving Aldridge gardens.

Web Site Problems

Posted by Jared Smith on September 18, 2011 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (1)

I'm having problems with the website. It will not allow new people to registar and join the site. This seems to be a problem with the server. I have contacted them and will try to get this straightened out.



Close encounter of the Goose kind,

Posted by DavidE on May 22, 2011 at 12:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Was a rough day for me Saturday. I got my airboat too close to a goose and it attacked my boat. Ripped the motors and props right off the back. Feathers were all over the pond. So now I have a real pretty barge. Luckily there were lots of boaters out Saturday and they helped me retrieve the carcass. Thanks guys! Time to reevaluate whether to fix this one or build a new one that is a little more "Goose Proof". 


good day boating

Posted by Ron on November 13, 2010 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (2)

Another good day at the lake. Will (my stepson) wanted to go out; we generally float on Saturday mornings and Sunday after church. We took two radios (receivers) and four boats -- the Nirvana didn’t get wet, the St. Elme with one speed and one direction, the new salvage boat, and my 15” star.

We put the star out in a light breeze (over stated) she made her way through the pine needle rafts to the middle of the lake barely in time to be-calmed. So we sent out the salvage boat to run out the low batteries. Meanwhile the star drifted to the south side of the lake in the heavy rafts. We tried for a while to get her free and back out but the wind was just too light. So we decided to send out a tow. We replaced the batteries and sent the salvage boat, with its boom and hook. She tried go get a grasp on the forestay to no avail, so I brought her back through the rafts fouling her prop then adjusting the boom to one side for another attempt. One the way out, the star picked up a breeze and I tried to pull her out. Ha-ha. This took my attention off the tow long enough to send her through a large raft. She got out about two feet only to stall.

Now we have two boats dead in the water and all the receivers adrift. The breeze started to come around a little and with patience and perseverance we got the star out in the open water. This was the turning point, but do I take her to the clear water on the other side or bring her through the rafts to me?

The wind picked up a little and I turned and ran for port. Two light gusts and I was on the shore.

I set up St. Elme and sent her out, knowing she would foul in the pine straw as well.

After three attempts, having to return to clear the prop twice, I was able to snag the tow hook with the antenna and a work light mid way down the side. The tow boom is mounted just aft of center. This caused a bit of concern. With the one speed on the St. Elme it made it a little nerve racking. But, she was a trooper and pulled as best she could, fouling just short of shore. A stick and muddy shoes were enough to get them both out.

It's nice to have a challenge once in a while.

A good day at the lake!

Special Called meeting 10/23/10 - Results

Posted by Jared Smith on October 24, 2010 at 11:37 PM Comments comments (0)

The results of our meeting, 10/23/10:

Topics to be discussed:



1) Taking up monies from the members to offer a donation to Aldridge Gardens for allowing us to run our boats there.

Aldridge Gardens has asked that we do not make any donations to the Gardens, but use the monies to work on a joint boardwalk/pier project on the lake.

2) To have a one time 'away' meeting at a different location than Aldridge Gardens. Several locations have been brought up.

We have agreed to an away meeting , probably at Steve Bad's on Lake Martin.

3) To have an event at Aldridge Gardens (with other clubs) The Gardens has told us they would promote the event for us. Such as a regatta/swap meet.

We have agreed to have a swap meet/regatta at Aldride Gardens on Nov 20th or 27th. Date to be decided later

4) A pier or boardwalk into the lake for a better launch site for our boats.

See answer to topic #1

5 Do we need or want officers.

No, not at the present time.

6) Some discussion has come up about some non-members using the lake. Maybe some form of ID for members?

The guards have had a couple of problems with others interested in the club showing up at different hours. We have determined that this is not our concern.

Jared Smith