‘Customer Comments’ Category

Hi John,

I received the hatch boards for the M17 a few weeks ago. They fit perfectly and will work great. Thanks for your service. You were right that it was very dense wood. Very beautiful.





I received your new semi-balanced rudder for our Potter-19 just as we
were hitting the end-of-quarter swarm at Stanford and some travel, so I
couldn’t get it wet right away.  We finally got it out on a gusty enough
day yesterday to really see how it performs and WOW – – What an

The boat’s response to sudden gust-ups was astonishingly altered
compared to the stock Potter beaching rudder.  With the old rudder,
every wind change that affected heel angle at all on any tack from a
close reach to pointing as high as possible caused a clear weather-helm
dive needing correction.  Before, with any swell and gustiness (both
normal conditions on Monterey Bay) the boat seemed awfully twitchy as
though it were trying to bolt out from under you.  Big gusts when close
hauled used to be a real rodeo ride.  No more.

Yesterday a gust would blow up (going from say 8 to 12-15 knots) and the
boat would cleanly heel over a bit, settle on her chines and give either
NO or only the slightest helm shift.  And in all situations, the force
needed on the tiller is substantially reduced and of course it’s more
responsive in harbor at slow speed too.  It’s a different boat.

I was really blown away.  AND – we did this purposely with the old
out-of shape mainsail and baggy, half-furled genoa still on to be able
to assess the rudder-only effect.  All these improvements are due solely
to the rudder (with only more improvement expected with the new sails).

Nice work John – this thing makes a HUGE difference.  The boat sails
better, handles much more easily, is more stable (making the 1st mate
very happy), and easier to manuever.

Thanks Thanks Thanks.

Now… since you’ve got a great Potter-19 semi-balanced design ready to
go, you probably ought to have Dr Judy post to the world that you’re
ready for more orders.  This thing rocks (and is lighter than my old one!).


Santa Cruz, California


The Holder 12 Rudder and assembly is absolutely beautiful and working well. Thanks for the added instructions on the install too

My 3 boys are learning to sail a whole lot easier and really having fun. Wish I had found you on the web sooner.

 Thanks again for your help and prompt service.

 God bless and enjoy Summer!



Chesterfield, NH

Hi John,
Note photo of our now recommissioned Holder 14 with our new rudder installed.  The unit went together perfectly, fit the mounting holes like a glove and the kick up/down function was flawless in execution.
We appreciated the craftmanship and speedy and courteous service.
Take Care and thanks for your able assistance in getting us back on the water.
Best Regards,
Jim Holder new rudder
Blanchard, MI


Got it! Nice work, just as expected. It’s good to know there’s still people as yourself who actually know what they’re doing and not just saying they know what they’re doing. What’s the finish you used, is that poly? I planned on applying another coat of what you used this off-season. Anyway, thanks so much and I look forward to meeting you someday.
Oh, and by the way, I was looking at your B & L Ram Pumps. They look and sound pretty cool. In the near future I am going to be doing some small-scale irrigation and this might just be the ticket. I’ll be in touch.

Thanks -Scott

Elk City, Oklahoma

Note: The finish on this board and most of the ones I make is Interlux Schooner Spar Varnish

Hey John,
I wanted to thank you for the nicely done wood work and I have enclosed a  couple pictures. I didn’t get a chance to install them until yesterday and I was really happy with how they  turned out.  I left a post on the yahoo Guppy 13 page and a photo with all your info.
Thanks again!!!
You are a  pleasure to work with.
Pensacola, Florida

Whoa John that a is beautiful dagger board and more importantly it fits sooooooPERFECT,PERFECT, PERFECT

Thanks a lot John keep the mold and I hope you can sell a bunch of them.

Let me know if you need anything else off the boat I would be glad to help..

 p.s. it’s so nice I don’t want to keep putting it in and out of the slot and marking it up!!  Hahahah

 Take care

 Regards, Lance

Reno, Nevada

Both Johnny W. and I bought Tiller Tamers for our SCAMPs at Havasu this  year. We both like them a lot, they are everything you (and the manufactures  claim), the simplicity of use and the incremental locking are what make them so  useful. With that in mind I want to purchase another for my Peep Hen.
Paul B.
Broomfield CO
SCAMP, Peep Hen & more

Thanks for the great product and the fantastic turn around on shipping. Received just 3 days after order. Again thanks for the great service.


Brazil, Indiana


The dagger board works perfectly in the Phantom sailboat.  You should advertise as such, make sure you come up when people search on Phantom, and I would be happy to write a testimonial that you could put up.  We are enjoying it, but need more wind!


Charlotte, N. C.

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