The Footy Class
Footy class of radio-controlled model sailing boat is for boats
one foot long (+/-250mm) and because it is an 'open' class there
is scope for a very wide range of designs and experimentation. The
boats can be made at home using very basic materials.
It is possible to
construct a boat at home using balsa wood or thin plywood for the
hull, bloudraad wire for the boom, a piece of toy
fibreglass fishing rod for a mast, a lead sinker for the keel bulb
and a shopping bag for the sail.
The Footy in the
picture was constructed by George from the above materials using
basic tools and skills and it sails!
The electronic gear
(radio, receiver, servoes and batteries) are, of course, still
required and will cost some money, but there are still 27, 35 and
40MHz radios available at very low cost and the whole electronic
package could be put together for under R1000 - even cheaper if
you can find used equipment.
This class provides a
route for modellers, kids or others interested in RC sailing to
get onto the water and go sailing at minimal expense before
committing a bigger budget to the more epensive one-meter class
options like the SeaWind.
the Footy Class Rules here.