You have found the home page of the Goole Model Boat Club which was founded in 1997 by a small group of local enthusiasts and has now grown to a membership of around fifty. The club is based at the No 5 Boat Hoist site on Dutch Riverside in Goole where it has a purpose built pond, sheltered area and a clubhouse with toilet facilities and a small workshop. The site is part of the Waterways Museum and also houses a number of interesting historic structures, including the Apex light house, the last remaining boat hoist and an accumulator tower.
Club sailing takes place every Saturday afternoon and most Wednesday afternoons, but the pond is available to club members every day of the year. A formal members meeting is held in the Waterways Museum, beginning at 1:00 pm on the first Saturday of each month. The club holds exhibitions, open days and competitions and participates in similar events organised by other clubs in the region.
It is not essential to have built model boats before joining the club. GMBC members have built and sail a wide variety of model types including scale electric tugs, warships, fishing boats and pleasure craft, yachts and steam powered vessels. Members are always pleased to give advice on the merits of various models and there is an active trade in completed or partially completed models. The vast majority of boats sailed by members are radio controlled and the club operates a peg board system to prevent interference between models, although the new 2.4ghz radio does not require this. Nowadays there are many ready to run models available at reasonable prices which make it possible to get sailing quickly and easily if you don’t have time to build a model from scratch or a kit.
Membership of GMBC is open to anyone and the only restriction is that children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult when on site. If you are interested in joining the club, call in any time when members are at the pond. To find the club’s site, follow the signs to the Waterways Museum. The entrance to the GMBC site is marked by two large blue and yellow wheels on either side of the gateway, about half a mile before the Museum itself.
This website contains a wide range of information about GMBC, including details of its history, news items, events diary and reports, member’s models, items for sale and competitions. If you wish to contact the club by e mail or phone, please see the ‘Contact us’ page for details.