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Jul 19, 2014, 04:33 AM
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Kyosho Fairwind 900 and Fairwind 2 differences?


Can anyone tell me the difference between the two Kyosho yachts mentioned above


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Jul 19, 2014, 10:32 AM
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The original kit has a blow molded plastic hull and you had to assemble everything. The newest version is a RTR built on a fiberglass hull. There have been some serious comparisons done between them here on RCG.
Some of the issues were that the newest offering is not class leagal if you intend to race. And, because it's already built, you couldn't set it up for racing as easily.
Or do you mean specifically the second version of the series of three plastic kits?

Jul 21, 2014, 01:06 PM
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The early FW's were pretty much all the same the FW lll had some big changes

As Dave mentioned below, the primary difference between the early Fairwind's and the FW lll is their materials of construction. The Earlier models were molded hulls and decks made of ABS and sold as kits. I am not aware of any differences between the earlier models other than the graphics the factory provided. See images below of a number of different vintages of Fairwinds. Other differences are primarily below deck. The FW lll has a very nice factory electronics bay/box arrangement that is covered/sealed. There may have been some other very minor refinements, but I can't tell you what they might have been. Sorry.

The latest version the FW lll was fiberglass construction and sold as "ready set" (factory assembled) and finished in a beautiful white & blue gel coat finish (requires no painting) and the deck is finished with a matching white urethane paint. Arguably the best finish ever put on a production RC sailboat.

Kyosho modified the keel on the FW lll making it at tad wider and deeper to improve stability. To be exact it is 30mm longer. The claim being the new keel "combines with the ideal area and aspect ratio setting of the keel to realize accurate turning control." From what I can find the on the factory website the FW lll is also very slightly longer, wider, taller and heavier. See the spec's below. Someone may have different numbers - please feel free to correct my numbers if they are not accurate. Oh, the first FW lll's came with the ballast installed but after countless complaints of cracked hulls (due to shipping damages) they packed the ballast carefully in a separate area of the shipping box for the buyer to install. The boxes were not up to protecting the keel from the impacts suffered in transit. I got one and was fortunate that Kyosho replaced it for me. Nice folks at their Lake Forest offices.

I have had several FW lll's but never had any of the earlier models, so I am not the one to say if the change achieved the objective. I can say it is a better a far better looking hull with the changes they made. My boat handles as well as one would hope, so no complaints from me.

Here are the specs I could find for the FW lll:
Length: 914 mm or 35.984252 inches
Width: 230 mm or 9.06 inches
Height: 1,580 mm or 62.2047244 inches
Weight: 4,000g (approx.) 8.81849049 pounds
Sail Area: 38.1dm2 or 590.551181 Sq. inches

Dimensional Specs: for a Fairwind, Fairwind II, and Fairwind 900
Length: 35.40 inches (899 mm)
Beam Width: 8.90 inches (226 mm)
Weight: 8.00 Lbs. (3629 g)
Full Height: 61.40 inches (1560 mm)
Total sail area 590.7 sq inches.

AMYA specifications:
Length Overall (LOA) :900 mm
Beam:226 mm
Displacement:Minimum 8.0 lbs.
Mast Height:1220 mm
Sail Area: 0.381 m2 or 590.551181 square inches

I would guess the FW lll would not pass the AMYA rules due to the very slight size differences but frankly don't think there would much of difference. Skipper is generally the deciding factor. (my opinion)

I can't race in the class anyway since mine FW lll is now a "motor sailor" and would blow the doors off any other Fairwind It is really fun to surprise my unknowing fellow sailors when I hit the power.

Always fun to have something different.

Fairwinds have been around for 20 years as far as I can tell and have stood the test of time. The FW lll was a depature for Kyosho to perhaps stimulate stagnant sales. They have for now discontinued the Fairwind lll as they did their venerable Seawind. However they brought the Seawind back as a "ready set" factory built model after stopping kit production. They seem to be selling well for now so perhaps we'll see another Fairwind release in few years. Time will tell.
Last edited by Boomer1; May 16, 2015 at 01:47 AM.
Jul 22, 2014, 04:06 AM
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Many Thanks I have bought a Fairwind 2 kit which was never completed and as no instruction manual available I have been able to download Fairwind ands fair wind 900 so will try and work it out from there

Jul 22, 2014, 04:09 AM
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One further question on something puzzling me

what are the rubber bands for under the cover?/

Jul 22, 2014, 04:11 AM
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The message above should read Fairwind 3 not Fairwind
Jul 22, 2014, 10:29 AM
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Post a picture of the rubber bands. Not sure without seeing where they are located. I would think the FW900 plans will work for you.
May 08, 2015, 10:38 PM
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Rubber bands

They used rubber bands and double sided tape to hold the rudder servo in the servo box. I attached a photo from the instructions. The decals on your boat are from the Fairwind 900 kit.
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Apr 20, 2017, 05:59 AM
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Fairwind 2002

I have one of these that I didn't finish or ever put in water Still in box.. Are they worth anything?
Apr 20, 2017, 10:58 AM
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These boats sell regularly on the forms classifieds and on E-bay. Prices vary. Good pictures make a big difference in making a sale. Price depends on the kits condition and completeness. Start at a price you think is fair. Buyers usually pay the actual cost of shipping.
Give it a shot. Ads are free in our classifieds.
Last edited by Boomer1; Apr 20, 2017 at 11:20 AM.
Aug 05, 2017, 04:39 PM
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Old Fairwind

I bought my first R/C sailboat in 1985 I think. It was a Fairwind, used for $10 with an Attack transmitter. I had to go to a hobby shop in LA somewhere to find out how to rig it. It was in such beat up condition, rusted screws, corroded brass, no details like rails, wheel, winches, etc...a basic striped model boat, but she was so much fun to sail, the first time was in a pond in LA, somewhere in the pouring rain...after bringing it home I sanded her down, painted the hull, ironed some numbers onto the sails, and sailed her at the yacht pond in San Diego for 5 years, after which other hobbies took over...after moving back to NJ after my discharge, I found another boat, a Yamaha Ocean Racer, with lots of deck detailing, plus she was a great sailer...recently feeling nostalgic and tired of looking for deep places to sail, a 15" keel, I found an original Fairwind on eBay at a decent price and purchased her, brand new with all the detailed parts, it came today and I'm impressed, now knowing how she sailed before, I think I can expect lots of fun with her. My fleet consists of the Yamaha, a Pro Boat, an old fiberglass boat, the Yacht America cup racer, and of course the Emma C Berry...I do have a couple of power boats under construction, but that's another thread...
Aug 05, 2017, 05:11 PM
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Sounds like a great adventure that got you to this point. The good news is you continued on in the hobby. You are fortunate to have aquired my favorite RC sailboats, the Yamaha Round the World. There is a dedicated thread on this boat on this forum. Many owners have posted comments and it is a great resource for owners.
Might want to check it out here's a link to the discussion

I have a Fairwind lll which you may know was the last of the Fairwinds to be produced. If you've read through this thread you know mine has been modified into a motor sailor. It was a really great boat before but it is very special now as I believe it to be a "one of kind". I am happy to hear you have been able to move to an upgrade from your original Fairwind. Look forward to seeing a few pictures
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