float a boat
Our Shop


For many years, Float.a.Boat has been Australia's premier specialist business for model boating enthusiasts.

Offering expert advice and years of practical experience in model yachting and scale ships and boats, Float.a.Boat provides a comprehensive service to model builders, ship lovers and collectors, from beginner through to expert.

For over 30 years we were full-time professional ship modellers, constructing both static and working models. The business grew to the point of establishing a comprehensive retail section to provide for the maritime hobbyist at all levels, within all branches of Sail and Scale modelling. The retail side now demands all our time, and as a result we are no longer involved in the construction and repair of models.

Our beginnings go back to 1962 when Adrian Brewer, Float a Boat's founder, received his first professional commission - a sailing model of a 6 metre yacht. Many more yachts followed and over a number of years we concentrated solely on the design and construction of competition model racing yachts under the name of Spectrum Design. In the late 1970's, a wider field of model boating activities was presenting itself, so in 1981 we changed our name to Float.a.Boat to better reflect this greater diversity.

Our first retail shop was opened in 1999 in response to our customer's requests and this has proved a great success and has been a win situation for both ourselves and our customers.

Due to lack of shop space, Float a boat moved to larger premises in Ringwood at the beginning of 2006.

Early days   Under construction
Messy fibreglass   Old Showroom at Boronia
Original retail shop in Camberwell