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Sep 15, 2011, 06:23 AM
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1 meter sail yacht wanted


Hi

I'm wanting to get in to R/C sail yachts (something like an america's cup replica) or a Kyosho SeaWind.
Can anyone suggest a good one to buy? or any good model shop websites to look at? or where I can get a seawind from in the UK?
I'm in the UK and have a budget of around £200 ish

Many thanks in advance for any help offered

Ian
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Sep 15, 2011, 08:24 AM
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You could do worse than those listed on http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/...ng_yachts.html
The Thunder Tiger ETNZ would seem closest to your specification (some modifications detailed in the various threads about it seem to be needed); its Voyager II needs replacement sails as the material is, by all reports, "unsuitable".
The Robbe Comtesse and the Panart Venus (used to be sold by Graupner as the "Saphir") are also good quality boats, but more along the lines of a typical cruising boat than an AC racer.
Finally the Robbe Sirius and Thunder Tiger Victoria are less than one metre but have received good reports, and the Victoria, especially has a lot of threads about it here, as well as a number of other sites dedicated to it.
Sep 15, 2011, 09:56 AM
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also these http://www.howesmodels.co.uk/
Sep 16, 2011, 12:35 AM
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If you are looking for a Seawind http://www.tridentuk.com/sailing/pro...ht-TRRCSW.html is advertising this boat.
Sep 16, 2011, 03:21 AM
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Better value for the Seawind here;

http://alshobbies.com/shop/cat.php?id=401

Edward.
Sep 16, 2011, 11:59 AM
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That one is quite a bit better. Here in the States the best price I have found was $229 USD which translates to 144.79 Pound Sterling (GBP) I don't have any idea what it would cost to ship it to you on your side of the pond, but it might be interesting to find out.

Sailrc.com is also the U.S. master distributor for Nirvana ll RC yachts - which might be another boat of interest. They are not 1M (812.8 millimeters) but sail like one. I have both of these and enjoy sailing them equally.

If you are not familiar with the Nirvana ll - I have posted a couple of photos to give you an idea of what they look like. Here is the link to the Nirvana store.
http://sailrc.com/sailrcnirvana/Nirvana_Store.html

These folks are considered the authority on these boats here in the States. Lots of information on both on their sites.
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Sep 19, 2011, 02:04 PM
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That one is quite a bit better. Here in the States the best price I have found is $229 USD which translates to 144.79 Pound Sterling (GBP) I don't have any idea what it would cost to ship it to you on your side of the pond, but it might be interesting to find out.
From recent experience, add about $50 for packing and overseas postage, then when it gets over here, add 20% VAT and the Parcelforce foreign handling charge, in my case, for a much lower value, £8. If its paid using a card, add the foreign exchange handling fee. Only a few percent, but it all adds up. So it's probably cheaper to buy more locally.
To learn on, a Victoria can be had for much less than £150 with all the changes/extras needed. Its big enough to sail in a wide range of conditions, and small enough to fit in the back of most cars. Probably Thunder Tigers masterpiece - the earlier ones could be made to work, with the later, larger, ones they seemed to have forgotten what the lessons of the Victoria were.
Oct 09, 2011, 09:53 AM
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The Seawind is great first yacht. Sails well in light-moderate conditions, is well designed and is very easy to build.

The Seawind IS a replica of an America's Cup boat--just an older version--circa 1992 or the generation just after that one (maybe second generation IACC class.

www.seawindrc.com
Oct 15, 2011, 05:06 AM
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A boat to check out


Go take a look at Aquacraft Vela. I am working on mine and its a cool One Meter boat. As with most lower priced kits, it will need some modifications to make the boat a good sailing boat. You might look for a good used IOM although a lot more exspensive than most of the kit boats you see listed commonly. Look on AMYA web site under classified section. Good luck. Where are you located? Ryan


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