Discovery 500 RC Sailboat A beautifully crafted R/C sailboat, fully built and ready to run. All required items are installed, including mainsail winch, steering servo and all rigging, sail and hardware. All you need to do is add your own receiver and battery! Boat hull is based entirely on an ocean going racing yacht and moulded in fibreglass with a perfect gelcoat and enamel painted finish. Dont be mistaken in thinking these boats are slow and boaring. In a stiff breeze they can be extremely quick and perform turns rapidly, proving to be very exciting.
This kit comes pre-fabricated and all you need to do is connect the sail and include your own receiver! The large servo winch and steering are already set up and ready to go!
Spec. Length : 500mm Height : 1080mm Area of Sails : 0.12m2
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In general, the TX is able to use any AA cell. BUT: There are some "small mistakes" by translating INCH to MM or back. For TX perhaps needs (dependant to the kind of cell) to "unform" the contacts a little bit, receiver should run with every thing, which has 4.8 to 6 Volt. But: Make shure, all contacts are good! When whinch is operating, id needs about 0.5 A. Bad contacts would lead to malfunction!
When whinch is operating, it needs about 0.5 A. So each contact has to be good! And the cells must be o.k.. Otherwise the whole Remote control may collaps! So: Best is, to have soldered RX cells 4.8 to 6 Volts. All have to be charged well.
No it's not a 2 meter boat. Yes it will sink, most any sailboat will if it fills with water. RCGroups website has great FREE advice on this boat. The biggest thing it so make sure the hatch is sealed. Other mods will make this boat even better.
No it's not a 2 meter boat. Yes it will sink, most any sailboat will if it fills with water. RCGroups website has great FREE advice on this boat. The biggest thing it so make sure the hatch is sealed. Other mods will make this boat even better. Fill the front of it with styrofoam to create a positive boyancy in the event it does fill with water.
I sail in two model boat clubs with R/C model boats here in the UK as long as the boat is sealed properly it shouldnt sink you can substute a hatch with some sticky backed plastic if it will not seal properly. (fablon).
You can get a bec to cut the voltage of a lipo 7.4v to 5 or 6 volts, that is what I did for my little Cessna that I built. Or you can get a life battery they are about 6.6 volts and will work without being cut down. Good luck to you
Not a bad little boat.. little being the operative word. It saisl just fine in light to moderate conditions but wont handle anything like the big boats. The rigging needs replacing with better line and you need to make sure the sails are connected by the sheets to get the best out of the limited throws. All in all good value for a beginner's boat. Some improvements seem possible, but sail it first and see what you can do to improve performance!
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and www.link great links showing what can be done with these little RC Sailboats.. I found that it was such a great intro to RC Sailing I got a second one just to compete with friends.. Have made several Mods and more are coming. Sure, there are some issues but overall it's been a good experience and good value, So, i do recommend this boat to anyone new to RC sailing and that wants to have fun with it while finding out what the right BIGGER boat is next..
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Any sort of wind will flatten it. I have wrapped 4 ozs of lead round the bulb and smoothed with filler. Now it is starting to sail. Unable to fit normal battery pack under the supplied rear deck so made another flat one from plastic ice cream container. Large auto body plug let in to allow access to switch and charging lead. Haven't yet re-rigged it but I think a smoother cord would be an improvement. Takes a bit of getting used to and requires a fairly gentle touch to get the best sailing from it. If it ain't making headway it will make a lot of leeway!