Rachel Vaughn Sailboat February 08th, 2018 - 11:08:10
Sailboat cruising versus sailboat racing... the skill set required is vastly different To be a successful sailboat racer requires quickness, agility and strength in order to attain the maximum sailboat speed. If you look at a team photo of a crew entered in the Americas Cup, for example... you will see very young and very fit, men and women. The exception is the Captain and the tactician... these two men or women are on board for their experience... knowledge of race tactics, and ability to make the boat go as fast as possible. The sailboat cruiser on the other hand can be any age, any body type, and know very little about sailboat racing.
When commissioning any radio control sailboat it is always a good idea to first work out a recovery plan in case the remote control or servers fail. Begin by testing your model in a small pond that allows you to reach any point in the water or on shore. Expand your scope progressively as you gain confidence, but never, never risk your pride and joy in a large lake or open stretch of ocean. There are several ways to acquire the model RC Sailboat of your dreams. These include off-the-peg, modified, scratch built, and totally original versions. The final choice depends on you: your experience, your technical competence, and, of course, how much time you have available to spend on this fascinating hobby. Whichever option you choose, the time spent will prove to have been worthwhile. When you are finished, you can sail away to your hearts content, the envy of all who come to admire your radio control model sailboat.
Most sailboats are fiberglass these days, but if you are looking for a really strong sailboat, you are likely to choose steel or aluminum. Fiberglass is fine for normal use, but if you are going cross oceans, or give your sailboat a hard life, metal is best. They are also good materials if you want to get your own design of sailboat built. The reason aluminum or steel are best is that metals are both strong and stiff, and when hit really hard, they bend - fiberglass and even the most advanced composites will break, and even shatter. Then the sailboat will almost certainly sink. A sailboat with a dent in the hull can keep going.
There are different kinds of sailboat to choose from. Some people neglect of choosing a wooden sailboat, maybe because of the modern technology. But having your own wooden sailboat, whether you just want a small one to have fun with close to shore or a larger boat that you can entertain on, is a great experience. You will need to make sure that the maintenance is something that is kept up, or you have a beautiful sailboat can quickly turn into a money gobbling monster. But for those who starting to live somewhere very cold then winterizing a sailboat is an important part of your end of season work.