Time has come to start posting my build of the Young America boat, USA 36, which competed in the 1995 America’s Cup. I was living in San Diego at the time, and used to go down to the harbor to watch it come in. I’ve always loved that boat. I’ve always wanted a model of it as well. At one time I thought about buying a CR914 and having it painted, but that was way too much money at the time.
Last year I started thinking about getting a RC sailboat. I’ve looked at pretty much every class of boat, but one of the things I first stumbled across was Alan’s World Famous dual build thread. Once I saw that Claudio had generously offered free plans for all these boats, and it was a completely scratch built project, I was in.
So why post a build log here?
Well, it’s pretty simple really. I have NO IDEA what I’m getting into. I can do woodworking, I can build stuff, but I’ve never even seen a RC sailboat in person, much less built one. One thing I’ve noticed about all the build threads I see, is that everyone posts 100 pictures of planking and molding their hull, then they get tired of posting pictures and they put up 2 of their rigging, 2 of the servos, and then a final youtube video of it sailing Rigging has me absolutely baffled still, and I’m not even going to think about casting a lead bulb!! :scared:
So I’m not posting all this so I can show off my building abilities. I’m posting all this so I can ask a big group of people what the heck I’m supposed to do next, and how I’m supposed to do it!
My rate of progress
I have a dozen other things I’m doing at any given time. Between building some bookcases, planting an olive orchard, and keeping my 2 little boys busy (or vice versa), and fitting all that in after work, I’m not exactly flying along on my build. I cut out the shadows in early November last year, and now as of mid-February, I just finished planking the hull. I may not be posting progress that frequently, but I do check this forum almost every day, so I’ll post more than that.
I am going to use my planked hull as a male mold to make a fiberglass hull. I am not planning to make this a competitive regatta boat. I am really just after something that I can take out and relax with. So, while I want to build it properly so it’s balanced and not top-heavy, I’m not interested in shaving off a couple grams here and there. Maybe that will come on a later boat
I should posts some pictures as well. Here are some obligatory hull planking pictures for your enjoyment. Notice the bow shot where it’s 2/3 planked. See if you can spot the odd little divot. Strange…
Last but not least…
I really want to thank Claudio Diolatti for making these plans available. I think you’re making a lot of people really happy and I hope you realize that.