Star Yacht model sailing boat display stands

The iconic model sailing boats produced by Star Yachts of Birkenhead have now become seriously collectable and are often used as decorative props around the home where, with their bright colours, they evoke fond childhood memories of those traditional English seaside holidays.

When the Star Yacht factory finally closed it’s doors in 1990 it’d been manufacturing these wonderful models for nearly 70 years, they were essentially toys – beautifully made and, as proudly boasted on the deck emblem, “Guaranteed to Sail”. Their main purpose was to sail across the uncharted waters of the local park pond, delighting children when they reached the other side and frustrating parents when they didn’t…

Display stands were of little importance – they were never, so far as I’m aware, supplied with the yachts but had to be purchased seperately so, consequently, demand was low and they were only ever made in very small numbers. Those that were produced were very crude, hand painted and not particularly well finished judging by the few examples I’ve been fortunate to find, ultimately – they’re very rare and finding one to display your treasured Star Yacht isn’t really an option nowadays.

With the above in mind I’ve produced a small batch of beautifully made reproduction stands in four different sizes, to suit the majority of models in the Star Yachts fleet, and three different authentic colour variations.

(Please note: All images on this blog can be viewed at a higher resolution simply by clicking on them).

These stands are machined from hardwood, hand finished, professionally primed and topcoated using automotive spray paints, an original Star Yacht deck transfer is then applied before, finally, being sprayed with clear lacquer to protect the decal. To give an idea of the quality of our work please see here.

The extra large stands, shown below, are suitable for the very largest of the Star Yachts fleet and are available in two options:

  • With the text – “Star Yachts Birkenhead – England” which really does show these impressive models off to their best.
  • With an original Star Yachts deck transfer as found occasionally on original, factory produced, stands.

Our small Star Yacht stand is suitable for the following models:

  • SY/0 – SY/1 – SY/2 – SY/3 – SY/4
  • MK/1 “Endeavour I” – MK/2 “Endeavour II” – MK/3 “Endeavour III”

 

The model in the above image is an MK/2 “Endeavour II”.

Our medium Star Yacht stand is suitable for the following models:

  • SY/4 – SY/5 “Northern Star” – SY/6 “Southern Star” – SY/7 “Ocean Star”
  • MK/3 “Endeavour III” – MK/4 “Endeavour IV”

Please note:

  • The SY/4 and MK/3 yachts represent the crossover point in terms of model size and are equally suited to either the small or medium sized stands.
  • The slot size on both our small and medium sized stands, into which the yacht keel fits, measures approximately 2.7mm and, given the variation in the thickness of steel used on the various models produced, as with the originals it may necessitate the simple packing with card or paper to ensure that the model is held securely within the stand. Full instructions are included.

 

The model in the above image is an SY/7 “Ocean Star”.

Our large Star Yacht stand is suitable for the following models:

  • BR/2 “Meteorite” – BR/3 “Planet” – SB/2 “Pacific Star” – SB/3 “Arctic Star”

 

The model in the above image is an SB/2 “Pacific Star”.

Our extra large Star Yacht stand is suitable for the following models:

  • BR/4 “Comet” – SB/4 “Baltic Star” – SB/5 “Western Star”

Please note that over the many years of production, the Star Yacht company produced numerous other variants that will almost certainly fit into this stand. The critical dimensions are that the slot into which the keel fits, is a fraction over 20mm wide and the keels sits to a depth of approx. 37mm. I have a very early “Polar Star” model and it fits beautifully.

The model in the image below is an SB/4 “Baltic Star”.

I would welcome any information about Star Yachts from those who know more about the subject and if you’ve images, particularly of the rarer models, I’d love to see them…

Please note that we do ship these stands internationally – please use the “contact me” link below and I’ll get back to you with details for the various destinations.

There is a little more information about Star Yachts, including a few images, on another of our blog posts – Toy Sail Boats

If you require any further information regarding the above then please don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be happy to help.

Mark

26 thoughts on “Star Yacht model sailing boat display stands

  1. Hi Mark

    The stands look excellent – what is the actual size of the Small and Medium stand? I have a Blue & Cream SY4 and it will look perfect on your blue stand.

    Regards

    • Hi Colin

      Many thanks for your interest in the stands.

      The medium sized one, that you’ve ordered, is approx. 82 mm long x 73 mm deep x 38 mm high and is perfect for your SY4.

      The smaller stand, at 66 mm long x 60 mm deep x 37 mm high, would fit but is less stable and proportionately doesn’t look as good on that particular model.

      Hope this helps and if you require any further info. then please don’t hesitate in contacting me.

      Kind regards

      Mark

  2. Hi,

    I’m currently in the process of restoring a star yacht. Could you tell me where I could obtain a new Star Yacht deck transfer?

    • Hi Kevin,

      Good to hear that you’re restoring a Star Yacht, if you’d like to email me your details then I’ll be in touch & try to sort something out.

      Kind regards

      Mark

  3. Thank you so very much for helping me to obtain, an ‘almost impossible to locate’ item, to help me complete a Star Yacht restoration project in the Spring.

    A fast and very helpful service. Thanks again.

    • Hi Kevin,

      Always happy to help, glad to hear it arrived safely and good luck with the restoration!

      If you need any further info. just ask…

      Kind regards

      Mark

    • Hi Debbie

      Many thanks for you interest in the stands and for your email.

      As mentioned – shipping the stands to the US isn’t a problem, we’ve sent a few there now and they seem very popular.

      Your grandson’s yacht is one of the largest that the Star factory produced and I’m in the process of making up a batch of stands to suit the Western Star SB 5, Baltic Star SB 4 and the Comet BR 4. They should be available in the next month or so.

      I’ve already made up a prototype which you can see my own Western Star sitting in if you take a look at an earlier blog post – Toy Sail Boats (it’s shot 4 and if you click on the images they enlarge / open as a slideshow).

      I will upload some better images of it in the next couple of days….

      Thanks again for your interest and if you require any further info. then please don’t hesitate to ask.

      Kind regards

      Mark

  4. Hello i am trying to restore a star yacht ‘endevour II’ could you tell me where to get the transfers for the deck from?

    thanks

    • Hi Nathan

      Good to hear that you’re restoring an Endeavour II Star Yacht, if you’d like to email me your details then I’ll be in touch to see if I can help.

      Kind regards

      Mark

  5. I purchased a reproduction stand for a Star Yacht, and am very pleased with it. It arrived to me in the US very fast and well packaged. Communication was excellent. I highly recommend both the stands and the store.

    • Hi Stephen

      Many thanks for letting me know your stand arrived safely – it was only posted last Thursday so took just 2 working days to arrive with you in the US.

      Thanks also for your kind comments and good luck searching for more Star Yachts…

      Mark

  6. Hi I’ve just retreaved an SY4 from my wife’s childhood storage and we took my daughter to the local pond for a sail it was good but now I’d like to restore it are you able to supply rigging and sails etc.Also my brother inlaw has an Endeavour he wants to restore can you supply parts for this too?
    Regards Wayne

    • Hi Wayne,

      Good to hear that you’ve rediscovered an old Star SY4 and are introducing your daughter to the joys of sailing it…

      So far as rigging cord is concerned your best bet is a product called “Chalk Line”, it’s manufactured by the company “Faithfull” and should be available from a good builders merchants – it has a product code: FAI 303. You can buy it online but only, it seems, in boxes of 12 at a cost of around £12.

      We have made up replica sails, and we’re happy to quote for doing so, but please bare in mind that they’re produced specifically to order without the economies of scale you’d expect from mass produced items. This generally makes the overall cost prohibitive unless the model is particularly rare or has great sentimental value. If you, or indeed anyone else, requires costs then please contact me with your specific sail requirements.

      I’m more than happy to help, where I can, with parts but generally there are very few items available and most would need to be fabricated specifically – best to let me know what details you need and I’ll see what I can do.

      Thank you for taking time to contact us.

      Kind regards,

      Mark

  7. Hi

    We need a new mast for an Endeavour IV – can you help or let me know where I can source one from

    Any help would be appreciated

    Thanks

    Ian

    • Hi Ian,

      Good to hear that you’re restoring an Endeavour IV.

      The mast on these is made from 9 mm (3/8″) dowel and it’s available from most of the large DIY stores.

      The overall length of the mast on this model is 482 mm (19″) with the mast gradually tapering down to 6 mm (2/8″) at the very top. This taper begins 100 mm (4″) from the top.

      Ideally you’d need to put it in a lathe but it is possible to achieve the desired result by hand using sandpaper.

      I hope this helps and good luck with the restoration…

      Kind regards,

      Mark

  8. Hi, I’ve got a Star Yacht (Southern Star) in need of restoration. I’m trying to find either a reproduction or original decal for the top deck and “Southern Star” nameplate decals for bow. Any ideas where i can find these? Thanks

    • Hi Tim,

      Good to hear that you’ve a Southern Star to restore, I’ve always felt it’s one of the more elegant of the Star Yacht range.

      My apologies for the delay in responding, we get so many spam emails and unfortunately yours got caught up in those…

      I’ll email you details that will, hopefully, help.

      Good luck with the restoration!

      Kind regards,

      Mark

  9. Hello! I had a Star Yacht when I was little that I thought was long gone. My Dad just found it behind the washing machine at his house! It’s a little grubby But in no worse shape than the last time I played with it, probably almost 30 years ago. Due to wear from salt water and excessive play it’s missing its deck transfer and “Endeavour 1″ transfer from the bow. I should very much like to restore the little boat. I was wondering if you had replacement deck transfers available? (I especially like the “guaranteed to sail” bit…it sure did!) Of course I would also buy a stand for the boat too. Thanks in advance,

    Keith

    • Hello Keith,

      Many thanks for your enquiry and good to hear that you’ve rediscovered your old Star Yacht.

      I’m more than happy to help with a deck transfer for your restoration and have emailed you details off-line.

      Thank you again and I look forward to hearing from you.

      Kind regards,

      Mark

  10. I have an old Endeavour III or IV that I’m looking to restore. Total deck length is 18.5 inches. I’ve sanded it down and was wondering if you knew what sort of paint they used back then. I used to sail it in salt water. Do you carry the old fittings or should I look to have them made up locally? Finally do you still have deck and hull transfers available for what I think was a MK IV?

    • Hello Peter,

      Good to hear that you’re looking to restore your old Star Yacht, if it’s 18.5″ long then it’ll certainly be an “Endeavour IV”.

      I’m not entirely sure what paint type the factory would have used originally but I’d suggest refinishing your yacht with a product like Japlac as it’ll give you a similar, hardwearing, high gloss finish to the original.

      Sadly there isn’t a readily available supply of spare parts for these models so it’s either a case of having them made up or trying to locate another broken model from which to take the relevant bits.

      I’m afraid that I don’t currently have any of the Endeavour IV name transfers for the hull but, if you wished to purchase one of my Star Yacht stands, I could certainly include an original deck transfer to help with your restoration.

      The stand most suited to your yacht is the medium size green version available here.

      I hope that this helps and good luck with your restoration.

      Kind regards,

      Mark

  11. Good evening Mark,

    I tried to order a green stand on your website but ran into some sort of glitch when attempting to get past the third step (address).

    Any ideas?

    • Hello Peter,

      Many thanks for your interest in my Star Yacht stands and my apologies for the confusion in placing an order.

      For all international orders I generate (and send) a Paypal invoice which you should now have received.

      Thank you again for your enquiry and I look forward to hearing from you.

      Kind regards,

      Mark

  12. Hello,
    I’m trying to repair my adults sons Star Yacht SY2 sailboat that fell off of a shelf and broke the mast and rigging. I know you don’t sell parts, but I’m looking for help in re-rigging the lines which are all messed up. I can’t seem to figure out what goes where. I’ve been unable to find information and/or a picture with enough detail to get it done. Can you provide any help or steer me toward another resource?
    Thank you,
    Willis

    • Hello Willis,

      Many thanks for contacting me and my apologies for the delay in responding.

      I’m sorry to hear that your sons Star Yacht is damaged but good to hear that you’re repairing it.

      I’ve taken, and posted below, a couple of shots of an SY/2 yacht in the hope that it’ll point you in the right direction so far as the rigging is concerned. Please note that you can view these images at a larger size by visiting my “Vintage Pond Yachts” page on Pinterest.

      If you’d like any further information then please don’t hesitate in contacting me and I’ll do what I can to help.

      Thank you again for your contact and good luck!

      Kind regards,

      Mark

      Star Yacht SY/2 Rigging
      Star Yacht SY/2 Rigging

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