The boats we race:
The DragonForce 65 is the fastest growing class of RC sailboats in the U.S. The boat has earned this distinction by being a great one-design sailing boat while being the least expensive ready-to-sail boat on the market. At around $350 for a boat with radio and receiver and about 6-10 hours of assembly and you're on the water!
An added benefit of the boat is the well-supplied and dedicated national distributor that provides excellent access to boats, parts and accessories allowed by the class rules.
MMYC DF-65 Fleet Captains: Josh Underdown and David Johnson
The DragonFlite 95 is a Restricted One Design boat that is meant to compete within a strict set of rules to ensure a true test of a skipper's ability to tune their boat and race it well. Additionally, this 950mm boat is of high quality for a modest price. The DF95 is sold ready to race for ~$550 which includes transmitter and receiver, just add AA batteries. The DF95 comes with a carbon fiber keel, Mylar sails, and a one-piece carbon mast, all cutting-edge components. It can be on the water in a few hours and assembled by a person with no experience building boats.
Its sailings characteristics are such that it is easily sailed by a beginner but offers exceptional performance for the seasoned skipper. Going upwind it sails as if on rails and downwind, because of its lightweight and nice waterline, is quick and agile.
MMYC DF-95 Fleet Captain: Robert Guenther
The boats we play with:
The 914 millimeter long CR 914 is based on the original design of the International America's Cup Class. The CR 914 is relatively inexpensive and can be purchased fully built or can be assembled from a kit without special skills or tools. A high performance racing machine that accelerates quickly, turns on a dime and points like a tour guide.
It sails well in an extremely wide range of wind velocities, without having to use multiple rigs for light and heavy air like some other classes must do. Weighing only 6.25 pounds and carrying 658 square inches of sail area, it ghosts amazingly well in the lightest of air. Ballasted by over three pounds of lead in the streamlined bulb at the end of its deep fin keel, however, this remarkable little boat readily handles a 20 knot wind and can keep racing in gusts to 30 without shortening sail.
CR-914 Class Maestro: Tim Galvin email@example.com
The AC class yacht is the largest of the development class yachts, being 1/12 scale versions of the full-sized America's Cup class yachts. This development class allows variations in length, sail area and displacement based on a formula. These swift and agile yachts provide for close racing. They are huge boats at 72" long with mast heights of 98”. It is the intent of the AC Class Rule to produce model yachts which replicate the true-to-scale appearance, performance, and construction integrity of the America's Cup yachts, to accurately measure the true performance potential of AC Class yachts, and to provide equitable model-yacht racing. The AC Class boats raced in the Maine Model Yacht Club were built locally over the past 20+ years and are based on the ‘Bahamut’ hull design.
In fact, the molds are currently in Lincolnville, ME. Over 50 boats were laid up in this mold with the hope that many more boats will originate from that same mold as the local class grows. These boats are true model yachts in the fact that a significant amount of modeling skill and ‘Yankee Ingenuity’ is required to complete and rig these models. No two boats are exactly alike! The effort, however, is well worth it as one sails these very graceful boats. Several club members will be more than happy to assist with providing part sourcing information and ‘consulting’ services to help you build your AC Class yacht. If you built balsa model planes as a kid and have basic modeling skills, you can build an AC Class RC yacht and join the fun!
MMYC Class Contact: Jeff Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org
In 1930 the Marblehead Model Yacht Club, based at Reeds Pond in Marblehead, Massachusetts, proposed a new model sailboat class with very simple design rules. The LOA shall be 50 ± 0.25 in and sail area shall not exceed 800 sq in. This new class was officially adopted in the US in 1932 and since then the Marblehead class sailboat has become one of the most popular boats in model yachting.
A Vintage Marblehead Model Yacht will stay true to the original designs and construction methods with some allowances made for modern adhesives and radio control sailing. Most hulls are wooden and are built using plank-on-frame or horizontal and vertical lifts. The wooden hull may be covered with a light layer of fiberglass cloth for water tightness, but can not provide the primary strength of the hull. The deck must be wooden and sails must be made with woven cloth.
The Maine Model Yacht Club currently has one Vintage Marblehead boat. POCAHONTAS is a 1936 design by W.J. Daniels. She is built using plank-on-frame construction with eastern white cedar planks, fir laid decking, spruce mast, brass hardware and Dacron woven sails.
MMYC Class Contact: Robert Guenther email@example.com
The Maine Model Yacht Club fleet contains several other boats that do not fit within a defined model class. Some of these are scaled models of full-size boats and others are specifically designed for radio-controlled boating. Any and all boats are welcomed at the MMYC.
The fleet currently has a Beals Island lobster boat OSPREY, MMYC rescue tug DIANE LOUISE and a couple of Gary Webb’s double-ended sloop EMMA with more boats under construction in the local boat shops.
MMYC Class Contact: Robert Guenther firstname.lastname@example.org