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Salthouse Cavalier 32 Nautical Gift

Salthouse Cavalier 32 Nautical Gift
Salthouse Cavalier 32 Nautical Gift


A friend owns a Salthouse Cavalier 32 and I thought for his birthday the perfect present would be a nautical gift depicting his yacht.

And as you can see it was his sixtyth birthday. The big six oh.

Unfortunately Steve doesn’t get a great deal of time to go sailing so his Salthouse Cavalier 32 yacht doesn’t get to see a great deal of sailing.

At least now he has a nautical gift sailing trophy sitting on his shelf reminding him how he should get out there and go sailing.


Happy Birthday Steve.


Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Trophies

Chesapeake Bay Powerboat Trophy Engraving
Chesapeake Bay Powerboat Trophy Engraved Club Logo

Power Boat Trophies with Fancy Engraving

We mostly make sailing trophies but enjoyed the challenge of making these powerboat trophies.

The trickiest bit was duplicating their intricate club logo on the engraver. We used stainless steel like material rather than have the brass look. More in keeping with high powered engines.

The stripes on the hull are all from natural colour Australian timbers. In fact all the woods used are their natural colours.
We don’t use wood dyes of any sort.

( Apart from when we do! But that’s not very often.)

Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Trophy
Chesapeake Bay Power Boat Trophy

Hobie 16 Nautical Gifts

Hobie Lighthouse Nautical Gifts
Hobie Lighthouse Nautical Gift

Sometimes it’s tricky to find that special present but if the recipient is a Hobie sailor and has a lighthouse at the bottom of the garden then nautical gifts design themselves

And if he sails from a club on Grand Island, New York, then adding a map in the background and the club burgee and the nautical gift is complete.

Even if the lighthouse isn’t a real one we can pretend. The customer sent me this photo of a garden ornament to include in her nautical gift.

Hobie 16 Nautical Gift Lighthouse
Hobie 16 Nautical Gift Lighthouse

Windsurfer Trophies, Kitesurfer Trophies, and Sponsor Trophies

Aruba Hi-Winds Windsurfer Trophies

I have to admit to not having heard of the Aruba Hi-Winds Windsurfing and Kite Surfing regatta and their need for trophies. I even had to look up the whereabouts of Aruba.

It’s obviously a very successful regatta as it is in its 26th year. And they needed many windsurfer and kite surfer trophies. As well as trophies for all their sponsors.

With good input from the organisers we designed trophies especially for this event.

windsurfer kite surfer sponsor trophies

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Firefly Perpetual Sailing Trophy

Firefly Perpetual Sailing Trophy
Firefly Perpetual Sailing Trophy

Firefly Perpetual Sailing Trophy

This sailor was retiring from the presidency of his university’s sailing team and wanted to leave a Firefly Perpetual sailing Trophy as memento of his time at the club.

He had his eye on this wonderful trophy that went to Georgetown University in the USA. But as a student, finances were a factor so we created a Firefly perpetual sailing trophy that was within his restricted budget.

His requirements were:-

  • A base large enough to take a few years annual plaques.
  • A depiction of the Firefly sailing class.
  • Class logo on the mainsail.
  • Newcastle University Coat of Arms.

We incorporated all these and produced a very nice Firefly Perpetual Trophy.

Newcastle University Coat of Arms
Newcastle University Coat of Arms

The customer was pretty happy with it.

The trophy has just arrived and it’s looking great. Thank you to Steve and yourself. I’ll be sure to recommend you to others.

Corporate Literacy Award Custom Designed

Custom Designed Corporate Literacy Award

A professor from our local university turned up at my workshop wanting me to make a corporate literacy award. She was clutching a brass worm that she had picked up many moons ago at an antiques shop.

Corporate Literacy Award
Corporate Literacy Award

She was very proud of her worm and thought it would make a great centrepiece for a corporate literacy award. She was right. It did.

All the books on this corporate literacy award are made from natural coloured timbers. Each book cover is a different timber.

I can custom design your next corporate award. Or any other type of special trophy.

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Golf Trophy and Corporate Award

Perpetual Golf Trophy
Perpetual Golf Trophy for an Annual Competition between The Rock Building Society and Societe Generale

I’ve made many different types of trophies and corporate awards including this magnificent golf trophy for a local finance company.

These were the customers requirements.

  • Small and light enough to carry in luggage on flights between Sydney and Rockhampton.
  • Magnificent enough to impress those city slickers down in Sydney!
  • Incorporate the logos of both corporations.

As golf trophies go it didn’t turn out too badly.

The main curved shape of this golf trophy is shaped from Red Cedar, one of Australia’s most valued timbers.

The base of this corporate award is from Silky Oak and Bloodwood.

All the timbers are their natural colours.

This is a custom designed golf trophy and corporate award hand crafted from quality timbers.

River Cruiser Class Windmill Perpetual Sailing Trophy

I enjoy making perpetual sailing trophies especially when the design brief is a little more challenging.

This time the customer was after:-

  • A magnificent River Cruiser Class boat.
  • Either a typical Norfolk Broads windmill or Victorian swing bridge in the background.
  • A depiction of the reeds that are typical of the river banks of this part of the world.
  • Large base with room for many years worth of annual plaques.

This is what it turned out like.

River Cruiser Class Windmill Perpetual Sailing Trophy

Well I like it. What do you think?

Victorian Minnow Championship 2012 – Grand Prix Sailing Trophies

A new Minnow perpetual sailing trophy is always a challenge. To create a trophy that will be treasured for the next 20 years but isn’t going to cost a fortune right now.

The Victorian, Australia, Minnow Association had a few ideas of their own. A map of the state with the 3 inaugural winning boats. Not forgetting the class logo and that of their sponsors, Quantum Sails.

Minnow Perpetual Sailing Trophy
Minnow Perpetual Sailing Trophy

It didn’t work out too badly. The keeper trophies look good too.

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New Top of the Range Sailing Trophies

We are always trying to improve our sailing trophies designs, especially at the top of the range. I’ve just made this one and even the boss was impressed, bless her little cotton socks.

420 Top of the Range Sailing Trophy
420 Top of the Range Sailing Trophy

These beautiful black frames are 50mm (2″) deep so are free standing. They have hangers on the back and can also be hung on the wall.

As with all our sailing trophies you can get them customised to reflect your sailing class.

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Manly Junior NSW State Titles Sailing Trophies – February 2012

While northern hemisphere sailors have tucked their boats away for the winter Manly Junior sailors in Australia are able to make the most of our summers. These trophies are for the New South Wales State Titles to be held in February.

Manly Junior Sailing Trophies
Manly Junior Sailing Trophies - First, Second and Third Places

Each trophy has a map of the state of NSW with the class logo engraved on it.

We also used slightly thicker bases than normal to accommodate the extra text on the engraved plaque.

The organisers were also after some cheaper trophies so we crafted these class logo trophies from natural timber colours.

Manly Junior Class Logo Sailing Trophies
Manly Junior Class Logo Sailing Trophies

Viper 640 Perpetual Sailing Award

Viper 640 Perpetual Sailing Award
Viper 640 Perpetual Sailing Award


I made a fancy perpetual sailing award for the Larchmont Yacht Club, New York, early last year.

They must have liked it, they’ve just ordered another one.

This time they wanted a wall hanging along the lines of their existing trophies. With enough room on the frame for 40 years worth of annual plaques.

For their new sports boat class the Viper 640.

With a representation of the Execution Rocks lighthouse on the western end of Long Island Sound.

And the club burgee cut from natural timber colours.

The sea is represented by Sassafras and the sky by Huon Pine. A Red Cedar frame with that wonderful spinnaker shaped from New Guinea Rosewood.

As with all our trophies all natural timber colours.

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Cherub Sail Trophies for Aussie Nationals

Cherub Sailing Trophies
Cherub Sailing Trophies

This year the Cherub class held its National Titles at my home club, The keppel Bay Sailing Club in Yeppoon, Queensland.

I’d not seen these fine little boats before but was impressed by their exhilarating performance.

I hope the trophies did justice to the winners. The class association was on a tight budget so these sail trophies fitted the bill.