Our friend Eric Schade, with assistance from Dave Jackson, developed this 48-inch long radio controlled model sailboat, which Eric has named the "Independence". At least a hundred Independence yachts have been built, both by individuals, in classes at the WoodenBoat School, and at Pequot Yacht Club on Long Island Sound. At Pequot they have been racing the boats twice weekly for years. Don't miss the videos
of the Independence models in action!
Whether you want to join or create a group to race together, or want just to enjoy sailing around your local pond by yourself or with a friend, this boat will be a great introduction to sailing, and will continue to be fun for years to come. Furthermore, since the Indy is a "One Design" class, your boat will be competitive with other Independence Class boats should you desire to race.
A powerful and responsive sailing model, the Indy is equipped with straightforward and inexpensive remote control technology (not included). It utilizes the same pre-cut plywood panels and stitch and glue construction as our other kits. In the one-week WoodenBoat School class, most people were able to complete and sail their Indys during the class (40-45 hrs. work).
If you are interested, there are a number of ways you can build:
Our kit does not include a radio, receiver, or servos. T
- Simply buy the plans and purchase materials locally.
- Purchase the CNC-cut and -drilled marine plywood and timber parts and the instruction manual for $199. The kit includes a supplementary list that tells what else you will need and where to get it. (See that list here.) The kit does not include the lead keel, hardware, R/C equipment, or sail.
he instruction manual details the installation of a simple radio set-up (the Hitec Ranger 2N and HS785HB sail winch servo). Alternative radio gear may also be used.