RC sailboats are a variety of RC boat models that are replicas of real-life sailboats. With all the pleasures and none of the pressures of running a fast-paced RC Boat, RC sailboats are all about leisure. So if you're heading for a picnic and looking for a nice little day by the lake, get yourself one of these RC sailboats.
Despite being the slowest of all RC boats out there, RC sailboats are the hardest variety to master for anyone. The reason behind this is that while regular electric or fuel-powered RC boats can simply hit the water and blast off, RC sailboats require you to understand and harness the power of wind.
The basic Techniques for running RC Sailboats
There are four basic techniques of running your RC sailboat, in wind. The first is called "Reaching". In this format, the wind hits the sails at an angle of 90 degrees, or perpendicular to the boat's side. The second, called "Running" is the state where the wind is hitting the RC sailboat from behind.
The third, called "Beating" is when the wind is almost against the direction of the boat. In this kind of scenario, the boat actually moves ahead, but slowly. Any straighter and the boat will need a "tacking" maneuver to get through.
Tacking is basically a way of weaving left & right, when the wind is directly against the RC sailboat. This allows the boat to create a "beating" angle with each weave, allowing it to move ahead despite the wind.
These techniques of RC sailboats are hard to master and offer an interesting challenge in the world of RC boats.
RC sailboats are available in Ready-to-Run, almost Ready-to-Run and kit formats, much like any other RC boat. Most of these RC sailboats, especially in the RTR and ARTR formats are 95 to 90% finished products. A bit of deck detailing is all you need to make things ready for the water.
All RC sailboats come with a detachable keel and a ballast bulb. The main reason behind this fixture is that this allows you to easily place them on display stands and put them in your living room, when not being run out in the water.
Most RC sailboats run on two-channel radios, but with a difference. Like other two-channel radio controlled boats, one of the channels is used for the rudder. However, unlike other boats, RC sailboats use the second channel to control the sails. As wind power acts as the throttle for these boats, there is no mechanical throttle in place, removing the need of such a control.
Completely different from the average electric or fuel-powered RC boat, RC sailboats require very little in terms of equipment and assembly time. Where they do take time is in learning the nuances of running such a wonderful piece of machinery, with the power of wind. If you do pick it up, you will enjoy every challenge that RC sailboats throw at you.