Price is always a factor in buying a kit boat, but it is unfortunately nearly always a factor in the final quality and hence enjoyment.
A couple of boats that are usually held up as examples of what a kit boat should be and which are available in the UK are The Kyosho Seawind and the Graupner MicroMagic. But, as hiljoball says, if you want to sail in company, it’s always a good idea to see what what is being sailed locally for both the advice and a source of quality second hand boats.
The IOM is a tightly controlled class that is sailed world-wide and is one of the best all-around boats for handling a wide range of wind and water conditions. They are great boats (I sail one). They can cost from US$600 to several thousand. But if you want quality, this is the way to go. Used boats are always available and there is a resale market.
The Laser is a ready to sail boat that transports easily. Just put in the rig, switch on and go. It is probably the most tightly controlled one-design available.
The ETNZ is one of the better kit boats. Some assembly is required. If you want a ‘scale’ look this may work, but the IOM is a far better sailing boat.
No, none of the kits you mentions fit the IOM class. There is an IOM kit called a Robbie Windstar - get the one with without the internal surfaces coloured gelcoat as the coloured one is not class legal - as the layup cannot be seen to verify construction materials.
Have you considered transportation? The IOM and its rig box can be bit large unless you have a car with folding rear seats. ditto the ETNZ. The Laser could be carried on a bus.
wow Martin massive thanks for that monsoon 900 built review. Now i know it s a nice looking peace of crap basically. will look for another beginners boat then . may be you can recommend something reasonably priced. thansk
Hey Eric, truth be told there is only one boat for you to start with.
That is a Micro Magic. http://magicmicro.org/news.php
There are now a good number of these racing in England and they sail really well. The size makes for easy transport and the group in your country will make you very welcome.
Try also rge RG65, you may build it yourself and that’s how you get the best cost.
Lots of plans for free on the net, for instance on http://rg65.free.fr/start.php
try “Palo de Agua”, or “Apsara bouchains”
Forums to answer your queries in most countries incl. UK, USA etc.
The Racing is an updated version with a slimmer longer ballast bulb, slightly modified hull and minor bits and pieces.
Do go to http://magicmicro.org/news.php register and spend a day reading the forum posts. There’s loads of helpful information and a few posters (well, I can remember one;)) from the London Area.
Eric, the racing version is the only one to buy.
They would be better to designate them the series I & II as there are many improvements in the later version.
You will get great support from the local sailors and from those of us here as well. Good luck. :zbeer:
Great. So i’ll be looking to get MM mk2 from good source at good price. Does anyone know retailer selling the whole MM racing mk2 with rc unit as a set please. I dont have tools to put it together at home. thanks blesses
p.s. can be used as i’ve seen new go for over £300! thanks is there a used MM racing forum in uk pls?