This picture started it all.
Surfing on the Internet for rechargeable batteries, I stumble on this picture that instantly hooked me. This was definitively the hobby I was seeking without knowing it even exists. Well, I had seen kiddy R/C sailboat before. But almost 2 meters from bulb to top of the sail, that was a big guy toy. Since I cannot sail my 1:1 catamaran as I use to, this could be a worthy salvation: still fighting with the wind and be around the water. I understand that it would never be like being on the water, but it seems to have its own merits.
I found out later that this was a “cheap” made in China effort that could be seaworthy with some mods, but that will never show great performance. Doing my research, I realise that if I have to change over time the rigging, the sails, the servos, etc… why don’t I simply build a complete boat!
From another angle, I was wondering how to get some competition to keep the fun factor over time. There is nothing much going on in R/C sailing around here. I have found plenty of sailor friends that are more than willing to try it, but no one wants to commit ($$$) or get involved in modding. I could broaden my search… or own more than one boat! So instead of buying two or more made-in-China boat, why not building them? It would be cheaper!
Well… not. I recently found out that it will cost me more, if not way more, per boat. That’s because I have since stumble on the RCsailing forum and its top-of-the-line-racing-sailing-boat… and on the greatest and generous community of enthusiasts that makes it live. I guess I could still built a cushy R/C sailboat out of a Styrofoam plug and a broom stick as a mast. But I have been bitten by the bugs… or more precisely by you guys, with your fancy racing boat and fascinating building tales.
This previous tread will inform you of the approach behind the IACC120 choice. No need to elaborate more. Great thanks to the contributors. http://www.rcsailing.net/forum1/showthread.php?6383-AC120-vs-AC100-vs-VOR70-first-try&p=61575#post61575
Thank you for your interest in this building.