Radio controlled model sailing is a hobby without limits. It includes design and building for the serious tinkerer, cutthroat competition for the adrenaline-addicted, and the pure eternal beauty of a vessel cruising along, powered only by the wind.
From models under 2 feet to 60 pound monsters with masts over 10 feet tall, model yachting has something for every taste.
Model Yachting is the ideal hobby. Properly cared for, boats last forever. A complete beginner can be handed a transmitter with complete confidence. Boats are easy to sail, typically with only a rudder and sail control. Yet the simplicity masks a complexity of skills which can take a lifetime to master. Above all, model yachting is fun, Pure fun. Model yachting is a quiet, photogenic, non-polluting pastime. You will never be thrown off a pond! Instead the person who comes up to you might have some of the same questions you have now, the questions that are answered here.
The hobby shops that are in your area or on line are the place to go for building supplies, boat kits or entire boats and radios. Some hulls have to be obtained from authorized manufacturers.
Plan on spending at least $200 to $400 to get started in the hobby. This is relatively cheap compared to other radio control hobbies, and a lot cheaper than a full size boat!
Yes. Maryland is one of the "hot spots" for model yachting in the United States. Most racing is restricted to certain classes, so it is important to pick a class that is well represented if racing is your interest. You do not need prior experience to enter, but getting to the finish line first will be a challenge!
The American Model Yachting Association is the national organization for model yachting in the United States. They publish a quarterly magazine dedicated to model yachting, and oversee national and regional championships in over 20 classes of yachts. For more information on how to become a member you can visit the AMYA website.