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Old Apr 23, 2015, 09:33 PM
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Hi all, im down under in Adelaide SA and i would like to get into RC sailing, its been recommended that i go for a Marblehead Yacht.

I was thinking of building one from scratch to keep the costs down, not got a lot to spend
Can you get free plans with material and cutting lists and if so where do i look

I know there are a couple of boats for sale but they are very costly, im not being a tight arse,i just don't have the funds

I like the idea of buying a kit and building it but cant seem to find one, or maybe i need to look at another style of Yacht

Any suggestions are welcome
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Old Apr 23, 2015, 10:11 PM
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I own quite a few boats and just got a Joysway Dragon Force RG65 which I would say for the price is a great boat to start with. Takes a few hours to assemble, comes with a radio and the supplied hardware and fittings are good quality. Even better it sails well.
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If your are new to sailing and or RC you might want to get a RG65 just to get your feet wet and learn what is required before you get into an expensive M class boat.
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I own quite a few boats and just got a Joysway Dragon Force RG65 which I would say for the price is a great boat to start with. Takes a few hours to assemble, comes with a radio and the supplied hardware and fittings are good quality. Even better it sails well.
i dont like the radio in these Joysway kits that much and its a lot smaller than what i was interested in, but thanks for the input
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i dont like the radio in these Joysway kits that much and its a lot smaller than what i was interested in, but thanks for the input
I put a reply to your original post under "RC yachts" ref free plans.
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i do have experience in sailing as well as most RC hobbies, but was looking to keep costs down , i have looked at the kits on Ebay, such as the Thunder 1890 and the Angelwind, but was sort of pushed towards the Marblehead by a club i was talking to
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I would say building your own will be more expensive than finding a good used Marblehead.
At least get some experience sailing before deciding to build one yourself.
Certainly try and get what everyone else in your area is sailing.
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If your local Club sail Marbleheads, then that is a logical choice.

Ask them if they have any cheap old marbleheads they want to sail as it is usually much cheaper to buy a second hand than build your own new one. Just the sails could be the price of a complete boat. Have a look at http://www.radiosailing.org.au/state/sa.htm and ask as that is the best way to find a local s/hand boat (freight is too expensive).

On the Australian Website are for sale boats ranging from $500 up. Local boats needing a little TLC may be cheaper, call around.

My Club in Victoria, sail IOMs, "Budgies"(local design 1.25m long) 1.5m long yachts, a couple of Marbleheads and some DF65s.
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Old Apr 24, 2015, 12:05 AM
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Thanks Cool, i will check it out
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Adelaide Club are also building Goth IOMs, may be of interest.
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Adelaide Club are also building Goth IOMs, may be of interest.
Wow!

In their information booklet the total cost of a rts boat (A & B sails set) is 2,300 AUD (I assume) plus your time ....

Why not get a BritPop (just to name one) directly to begin with?
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thanks all for your help
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I have down loaded some plans and am catching up with a local club, so if anyone has any old yachts that need some TLC out there send me pics and a price, again thanks to all
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Hi all, im down under in Adelaide SA and i would like to get into RC sailing, its been recommended that i go for a Marblehead Yacht.

I was thinking of building one from scratch to keep the costs down, not got a lot to spend
Can you get free plans with material and cutting lists and if so where do i look

I know there are a couple of boats for sale but they are very costly, im not being a tight arse,i just don't have the funds

I like the idea of buying a kit and building it but cant seem to find one, or maybe i need to look at another style of Yacht

Any suggestions are welcome
You would be very welcome at the Adelaide Radio Yacht Club, come and see us and talk about the different boats.......we sail at the Pat on Sunday's, or look us up on the web site . I am biased towards Marbleheads , but the other boats are Ok.
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