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    Help ID - RC Sailboat



    Greetings,



    I've recently purchased a Vintage RC Sailboat. I didn't learn much about it from the previous owner, and I've been unable to find this boat in the internet/forums.
    I'm guessing pre-1978 based on the electronics installed, but that's all I know.



    If anybody could help me ID her, I'd sure be grateful.



    Some Specs:
    Fiberglass Hull/ Mahogany Plywood deck
    Enclosed lead keel
    All mast fittings are soldered/brazed (spreaders, mast step, etc..)
    Stays appear to be stainless piano wire-like material
    LOA: 60" (5ft)
    Width: 14"
    Height from keel to mast top: 7'-10"



    This is my first real RC, I'm updating the electronics and hope to get out on the water soon



    Thanks in advance for any information you can provide!

    Fair Winds

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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    Santa Barbara? Take a look at post # 24.

    http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_13...tm.htm#1385820
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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    Dang you're fast Don,

    Now I'm even more excited about this project!
    Thanks so much for pointing me in the right direction.


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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat




    The hull looks a lot like the Santa Barbara but from what I've read the S/B is 70" long.

    I'mmeasuring at~60" length and 14" at 37 from the bow.
    Do you knowif there was some variation on LOA/beam?

    Here's a few more pictures...

    ...again I appreciate the help!

    Thanks!

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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    Hi Capnswanny
    well, that is NOT a Santa Barbara, BUT it is beautiful ! nice find !
    if you need local help with the boat try and contact the club near you ,the
    "Anacortes RC Sailors"
    they have a website listed at ...
    //sites/google.com/site/arcsailors
    looks like they meet near you , and would probably provide help ,opinions
    and such - I have not yet met a rc skipper that didn't want to see someone
    else's boat -especially something "antiquey" !
    I don't know if your hull was ever a "sanctioned" AMYA class boat - might even
    be a one of a kind .
    Good Luck !
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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    Thanks Allan,

    I was in the right place at the right time...I consider myself fortunate.
    Got her on the scale this AM, she weighs in atjust over 30 pounds.

    I appreciate the tip on the club.
    I have anemail into the Anacortes Club, and I'm waiting to hear back from them.


    Thanks!

    Corey


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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    I would venture to guess that you have one of the few Vortex 60's that were built back in the mid 1970's. The boat was unique in that it provided the option for rigging an overlapping genoa jib that didn't use a jib boom to hold the foot of the sail. I'd think there might be a label somewhere inside the hull.

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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    Thanks for the tip,
    I poked around and got a good look at the hull, unfortunately it's not quite the same shape.
    Aft of the keel is curved on the vortex where mine is almost a vertical line.
    Also the vortex hull fares into the upper portion of the rudder, mine rudder sticks out on its own.

    But Man! the length, width, and weigth are about dead on!
    I can see no markings anywhere on the boat.

    Did some model builders of the 70's go to this great length to do one-off fiberglass hulls?

    Thanks again for your input...much appreciated!

    Corey

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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    I thought of the Vortex 60 too but you're right: this doesn't appear to be one.

    The biggest giveaway for me is the shape of the keel and its extension back to the rudder... or the lack of that extension on your boat. I'm not sure what it is, but it's a real beauty! This is the profile of the V-60 (from the manufacturer's drawing) imposed on your boat for comparison.

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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    Thanks Al,

    Boy it is close though!
    Appreciate yougoing to such lengths to help.

    Still don't know what she is, but i do know she is fun to sail...that's what really matters.

    Thanks!

    Corey

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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    From the dimensions you posted, it is possible that your boat could be an A Class design. Your boat could be considered as a light weight A, with short waterline and large sail area designed for light air conditions in the NW. The A Class sesign envelope can range from a length of 60 inches to over 80 inches and 60 lb. displacemnts depending on the sailing conditions. Heavy air conditions would exist in England where the boats are large and heavy. In Australia, the boat could be around 72 inches but displace around 36 lbs.

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    http://www.radiosailing.org/main/documents/a.htm

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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    Anybody know whether any boats for A-Class (or other developmental or open classes about this size) were manufactured in any numbers? That hull looks like it came from a professional quality opertion.

    A-Class is always fun to deal with anyway according to the ISAF, the displacement is to measured in cubic millimeters and I don't know how to convert to cubic millimeters from pounds
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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    2.2 pounds=1Kilogram
    1Kilo=1 litre of water
    1 litre=1000 cubic centimetres
    1 cc= 1 gram

    If you want to be Really exact, then

    1 kilogram = 2.204 622 621 8 pound

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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    It could be an R6M as well.  Some could measure as both an R6M and an A.
    Also, 1000 cubic mm to 1 cc.

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    RE: Help ID - RC Sailboat

    About the only manufacturer is Sails Etc. of Great Britian. The boat is very pricey due to the use of carbon fibre. Most A Class boats are designed and built by the owner/skipper. USVMYG may have some plans. Bob Sterne had an Orcs III kit available but I believe he is no longer manufacturing hulls.
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