The boats under discussion Surmount, Monsoon, Legend, Phantom etc. are made in China by Shunbo. A company called Hobbyking.com sells most of them, although there are other on line sellers. Prices are all over the place on E-bay some beyond ridiculous!
Larry published a build report on his Monsoon some years back in which he documented the pros and cons he discovered during the process. The Monsoon can be purchased from Hobbyking for about $90 USD plus shipping. The fiberglass hull's are generally speaking sound and the best part of the boat. Keel ballast size is too small to get an adequate amount of weight in it, the mast has to be strengthened at the joint and the hatch will leak unless is sealed properly. The fasteners will rust and the lines are cotton string and should be replaced.
The Surmount has similar issues as do all of this group of boats. The boats are not designed to sail in heavy conditions, but will survive if you address the known issues - (which are well reported on these forums.)
I had a Monsoon, fixed it and had fun with it. For the price, if you don't like it - give it to some one or throw it away.
There are so many other boats you can consider that will provide a higher level of performance. The question of which boat brings lots of opinions that can be shared. If yougo to rcgroups.com to the sailing section and do a search forwhat boat to choose you will get alot of great ideas. RCgroups is a much more active forum on sailing - check it out. Just about every boat you can think of is discussed there.
Consider Victor Models- here is a link to their web site: lhttp://www.victor-model.com/
Kits are fun - not expensive and will yield a superior boat for those that take that step.
Best of luck in your new adventure.
Just for fun Photos: Dragon Force RG65, Tippecanoe, Victor V 32, Victoria and a Nirvana ll