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Apr 13, 2006, 09:50 PM
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Good Boat for 10-20mph winds

What is a good boat for 10-20 winds that are not very expensive? How about the Mini-Soling? Also looking at the Nirvanna II but hear its not good in more than 10mph winds...I Really like the Laser but it is very expensive so Im leaning toward a Victor models kit...How difficult is the build of these? I have built two R/C planes.
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Apr 14, 2006, 01:07 PM
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Consider that with higher winds, gusts, etc. you will have to reduce sail area to maintain control. Check for the information and clubs near you to see different boats.
Apr 14, 2006, 01:12 PM
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Vu, I have a couple of buddies who are first time boat builders, working on 2 Victor Models Soling 1 Meters and a Victor Models America 3- Between them, their modeling experience goes from nil to a couple of airplane kits and some mechanical knowlege... they are all coming along vey well and from what I can tell, they are enjoying thier projects- The S1M looks like it will be a decent heavy air performer- I would think the mini version should work well too. I think V-M are definately worth looking into! Nice folks too!
Apr 14, 2006, 03:17 PM
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Dude, you GOTTA go with a Victor V-32. Our club ( has got almost 25 of them for a single class regatta group. You can buy them pre-made or in kit form. I did the kits. Built three of them. They are WONDERFUL...and they fit in the car easy. Go to One of the best parts is that you can choose your sail colors. Very colorful. Great sailer with no bad habits.

I'm in both R/C Airplanes and R/C Boats BTW.

I'll be glad to help you with building questions if you go that route. I've built many planes. A V-32k is easier that most beginner airplane kits except the ARF's of course!
Apr 14, 2006, 04:57 PM
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thanks for the reply scott, I'm from westfield/carmel and will ride my bike to the indy admirals regatta tomorrow to spectate with my g/f. Anyone in the club have a used one they want to sell? I also fly r/c at hamilton county/northside club and fly full scale and sail full scale.

Apr 14, 2006, 05:08 PM
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would encourage you to also look at the Soling,, sail mine in everything up to the 20+ wind speed,, very few boats offer that wind speed range without changing sails or floundering in the heavy winds,,

anything above 20mph becomes questionable as some times it can be hard to tack or jibe,, boat will still handle it but just can't always come about exactly when ya want to,,

have been out in the 25+ days and that is beyond the boats ability to do anything but sail from shore to shore tacking in the lower wind areas,, would say about a 70 degree heel at these wind speeds,,

build em right and the Soling will handle anything you want to throw at it,,

also sail a US1M,, need B rig for mid teens and C rig for 20+ wind speeds,,

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Apr 18, 2006, 09:37 AM
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I've heard very good things about the Soling as well. There was hot debate in our club as to whether or not to go with the Soling or the V-32 as a single class design. They decided on the V-32 due to the slightly smaller size and colorfulness. Either way, Victor boats are wonderful. I'm a fan for sure.

Here's a picture of the Soling for those of you who have not seen it.

Apr 19, 2006, 06:30 PM
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Yeah I think I like the looks of the Soling better but I want to be able to race so I'm going to get one of the V32's. Hope the weather is good saturday!

Apr 19, 2006, 06:41 PM
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Sounds like a great fleet of V32's in your area! Enjoy!!!

by the way, if you go the kit route, please do a build thread!
Apr 19, 2006, 06:45 PM
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I would suspect that a cat rigged boat like a laser would be among the harder boats to sail in breeze. I have a bunch of fun sailing my Victoria in 20+ knots of breeze. Rig forward, lots of twist and traveler down and off you go. The key is to keep the weight aft and try not too bury the bow to much.

I sailed a Marblehead in 15-20 knots last fall and the speed of one of those is truly something to behold.

Apr 19, 2006, 10:42 PM
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Sure I think I can do a build thread...Ill need to find out how to post pics....lets see if this works....fingers crossed...
Apr 19, 2006, 10:57 PM
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second try, sorry to waste space

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