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There are a many RC Sailboat clubs all around the world that help enthusiasts make contact with people who have similar interests. These clubs are also able to offer advice on the best model to buy, or how to build your own. All sailboats are driven by the wind that is caught in their sails. These need to be frequently trimmed, in conjunction with the rudder, so as to trap as much wind as possible and gain maximum speed. On model sailboats this is achieved through servo motors that are controlled via a hand held radio transmitter. Experienced enthusiasts who have already owned several commercial sailboats bought at hobby stores often decide to build their own. This may be because they want to experiment with new ideas. More usually their decision is driven by a need to own something different.
The key is to differentiate between a correctly priced sailboat and one that is being sold above its value. If you are not an expert on sailboats and their equipment, solicit the advice of a professional. The last thing you want is to be sold a lemon - that is, a sailboat with hidden issues or damage. Another way to buy a sailboat at greater value is to negotiate. Most sailboats are listed at prices that are not firm, and are subject to being lowered. Take initiative and look to barter for a lower price. Again, this is where professional advice can help you get the best bang for your buck. As you determine your own needs and wants, a guide to buying a sailboat can help you navigate the market and get you closer to being a proud sailboat owner.
There are other advantages, too. Fiberglass boats usually have separate keels that are bolted in place. The bolts work in the retaining holes in the hull, enlarging then slightly, and after a few years you are likely to get leaks. Worse still, if you press your sailboat really hard, the bolts can break,and you lose the keel. This happens quite often in racing, and can happen to cruising sailboats as well. The keel of a steel or aluminum boat is formed as part of the hull, so it cannot come off - and the ballast of lead or steel is encapsulated inside, where it cannot move. If you are looking for a 20-28 foot sailboat to cruise around rivers, estuaries and a little offshore cruising, then fiberglass is fine. But if you want to go further, or you want your boat to be of a particular design, choose aluminum or steel. Many firms offer excellent designs for metal sailboats, and some offer sets of panels that you weld together - or have welded together - usually complete with instructions.
If you choose to build your own sailboat you must first decide on the size you want. There are several practical considerations that you must keep in mind. These include the stretch of water where you will sail your boat, how you plan to transport it, and, if you are not so strong, how you will launch and recover it. There are several ways to go about building your own RC Sailboat. The simplest is to buy a kit at a hobby store, build it up, and finish it off with a different colour scheme or other detail. This is a good way to start because you gain useful experience. If this does not satisfy you then you ought to consider scratch building your own.