Club Fleets
 
Our club sails five different boat designs.  Each fleet sails under the rules of an AMYA sanctioned class.  For information about the US RC sailing organization, Class rules, details about other fleets, and lots of information about RC sailing, go to the AMYA website.
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Ohio is in AMYA Region 4 consisting of the thirteen states shown in the map.
American Model Yacht Association (AMYA) Region 4, Midwest 
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Star 45
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Star 45  Fleet Captain   John Emery
Star 45 is a 45" long hard chine hull, overall height 86 inches, and weighs a minimum of 12 pounds.  It is a semi-scale model of the full-size Olympic Star. Some of these models are scratch built using plans available from the AMYA. Others are partially fabricated with major components available from suppliers.

Boat Performance: 1 to 20 mph with one rig; option rigs allowed for higher winds. Very responsive, fast in all winds.  Typically, one can get a used Star 45, ready to sail for as little as $300. Brand new boats made of fiberglass with all radio electronics run $600 to $1200 built.

Soling 1 Meter (S1M)
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Soling 1 Meter Fleet Captain   Bill Koch
The S1M is one meter (39.37 inches) long, overall height 64.5 inches, draft 10 inches, and weighs a minimum of 10 pounds.  This is the AMYA class with the most registered boats.  Class rules require that it is supplied by Victor Model Products as a kit or factory built.  Factory built hulls can be ordered as two-tone with any of seven colors.  No modifications to the hull shape, keel, or rig design are allowed.  One sail size is used for all conditions.  Hull is vacuum formed polystyrene.

Boat performance is good in winds from a few mph to 20 mph.  Used S1M boats may be found for $250 to $300 and current prices for kits and factory built boats may be found at Victor Model Products.  For more information visit the S1M Class Association and the S1M Class Website.

V-32
V-32 Fleet Captain   Ralph Kanko
The V-32 is 32 inches long, overall height 51 inches, draft 9 inches, and weighs a minimum of 6 pounds.  Class rules require that it is supplied by Victor Model Products as a kit or factory built.  No modifications to the hull shape, keel, or rig design are allowed, and one sail size is used for all conditions.  Hull is vacuum formed polystyrene and the deck is plywood with an attractive wood grain. 

Factory built boats come completely painted and rigged with sails and radio.  It takes about 20 minutes from box to water.  Hulls come in seven colors, and sails can be one of five colors--different for the jib and main sail if you want.  This the most colorful fleet on the pond. 

Boat performance is good in winds from a few mph to 12 mph.  Used V-32 boats may be found for $125 to $250 and current prices for kits and factory built boats may be found at Victor Model Products.  More V-32 photos and V-32 Getting Started information can be seen at the KMSC website.

Dragon Force 65
Dragon Force Fleet Captain   Eric Carson
The DF65 is 25.9 inches (650mm) long, overall height 52.7 inches, and weighs a little less than 3 pounds.  Class rules require that it is built by Joysway.  No kit available.  No modifications to the hull shape, keel, or rig design are allowed.  Four optional sail sizes may be used for different wind conditions.  At this time, the MVMYC skippers are only using the stock "A" rig.  Hull is vacuum formed polystyrene.  The hulls come assembled and painted, with radio installed.  Rig assembly is required, taking 2 to 3 hours.  

This is a new design recently added to the AMYA classes and to the MVMYC.  This boat is a one-design offshoot of the RG65 class and can be raced in DF65 restricted class or in the RG65 development class.  

Boat Performance: 1 to 15 mph with stock A rig; two optional rigs allowed for higher winds.  Very responsive; accelerates quickly in gusts.

This is an excellent starter boat at $200 for a complete, latest-version boat with radio.  Previous Version 5 boats cost less--if available.  Used boats may be found for half or less of the retail price, because of the upgraded Version 6 released in 2017.  Joysway Dragon Force 65 boats can be purchased from Dragon Sailing.  Visit the DF65 Class Owners Association website.  Additional photos and information can be seen at the KMSC website.  Look up the Dragon Force 65 on Utube for assembly and sailing information.

Dragon Flite 95
DF95 Fleet Captain   (Position Vacant)
The Dragon Flite 95 is the fastest growing AMYA Fleet in the past two years.  Six MVMYC skippers have added this boat to their personal fleet, and 2017 is the first season the DF95 is sailed in our club.

The DF95 is 37.4 inches (950mm) long, overall height 53.1 inches, and weighs about 4.6 pounds.  Class rules require that it is built by Joysway.  No kit available.  No modifications to the hull shape, keel, or rig design are allowed.  The hulls come assembled and trimmed, with or without radio installed.  Hull is vacuum formed polystyrene.   Rig assembly is required, taking 2 to 3 hours.  Four optional sail sizes may be used for different wind conditions.  At this time, the MVMYC skippers are only using the stock "A" rig.  The DF95 appears to be the same design as the DF65, but is 46 percent larger. 

Boat Performance: 1 to 18(?) mph with stock A rig; two optional rigs allowed for higher winds; another optional A+ Rig for light winds. Very responsive; accelerates quickly in gusts; fast in all winds.

The DF95 is an excellent starter boat, and is about $365 for a complete boat with radio.  Used boats may be hard to find since the class is so new.   Joysway Dragon Flite 95 boats can be purchased from Dragon Sailing.  Visit the DF95 Class Owners Association website.  Look up the Dragon Flite 95 on Utube for assembly and sailing information.

Interested in getting started?
If you would like to try RC sailing, come to the pond when we are sailing and let us know you are interested.  Please excuse us if we are in the middle of a race...we get pretty focused. Better yet, CONTACT us and someone will meet you at the pond with an assortment of boats to try. 
If you would like to sail in the organized races at our club, you must join the club and have one of the five designs described above.  There is no single "best" boat design.  It is up to you to decide what is right for your budget, time, visual preference, performance needs, and the size of your car.  For some guidance on choosing a sailboat class go to the AMYA "Getting Started" page.  While you are there, explore the entire website to get more information about RC Sailing.  For additional information about the V-32 and Dragon Force 65 visit the KMSC website.

If you are just starting this fun hobby, we recommend buying a used boat over a new boat. This allows you to get out there to sail now instead of waiting to build a boat. Once you have a used boat, then it's time to get the new boat. If you are building a boat, you can copy what you like about the used boat into the new and you have the opportunity to fix or re-work what you do not like about the used boat. Once the new boat is done, you can usually get 100% of your money back when selling the used boat. One member's first Star 45 has been re-sold about 6 times now and changes colors every time it does.

CAUTION:  Sailing can be habit forming and fun!