I have 2 footys, one a micron was built from the bare hull, with no previous model yacht experience. It has a mis-match of parts bought from all round the world, despite this, it sails extremely well.
To give me something to judge it against, I also bought a V-12 kit and assembled it - the instructions were quite clear, the parts included were all ok except the keel which was very warped, so I substituted a piece of wood from my dad’s scrap bin.
I have been sailing with both boats on local ponds a number of itmes now, along with my nephews who have RC speedboats, we have no organised sailing of Footy’s here in Scotland - it seems to be something political! - it appears to be just me and my Dad sailing our 3 - something about “these boats just dont work in Scottish water”
(MEEEOOWW!!! - saucer of milk to my house!)
Every time we go, the speedboats stop working or its too windy for the Micron (its a tad over-canvassed) - The V-12 - carries on regardless, sailing in everything form almost no-wind to far too much, it never breaks, it never sinks (needs drained occasionally if its windy), it has impressed my teenage nephews, as it always is the last boat on the water, and never has any issues.
lots of bystanders are impressed at how well something so small sails.
I rate it very much as an intro to a footy - the sails are not particularly hi-tech - I will be fitting a McRig onto mine when I get the time to build one, but right now, I dont want to screw about with it as it works perfectly “straight from the box” so to speak - Im just using it to gain experience sailing an RC boat.
The Micron is about to get a longer keel fitted - its a bit short - if that doesnt help, a bit more weight will be added to the bulb.