Why should I join a Club?

You do not have to join a Club of course but there are numerous advantages if you do. Firstly, you will meet people with a common interest which in itself provides a forum for discussion and an exchange of ideas. Secondly, there will be a wealth of experience on which to draw in order to enjoy your hobby to the full. If you have a problem there will always be someone to ask and help sort it out. Thirdly, it provides a basis for building local, National and International friendships. Whether you like exhibiting, racing or sailing for relaxation, the Club provides opportunities for all. Fourthly, it provides a safe, structured environment in which to enjoy the hobby. As a Club Member you will be insured against third party risks whilst sailing.

What type of boat do the Club Members operate?

The answer is virtually any model boat that isn’t powered by a Steam or Internal Combustion Engine e.g. fishing boats, lifeboats, warships, speedboats, yachts and submarines. The size of most of the Club Member’s models fall within the range of 600mm to 1,000mm long, which is large enough to easily accommodate all the radio gear, motor, batteries, etc., but not so big as to make transporting the model difficult.

Do you have to build model boats to join the Club?

No and neither do you need to be an experienced modeller. Some Members own ready to sail (RTS) boats, which require no work whatsoever or almost ready to sail boats (ARS) which only require some minor work to complete. Kits are also quite popular with Members because all that the materials required to build the model can be purchased. There are of course also ‘scratch built’ models for those experienced Members who try and make everything themselves. So there is a definite mixture of modellers and abilities.

How do you control the boats?

Most model boats are now radio controlled. This means there is a transmitter (Tx) that the modeller uses to pass commands to the boat. The boat has a receiver (Rx) that decodes the commands for the various functions required, e.g. forward/reverse, left/right. Each function is generally known as a ‘channel’, hence the forward/reverse and left/right would operate on a two-channel system. The Club only uses the Nationally recognised wavelengths for controlling model boats i.e. 27MHz, 40MHz and 2.4GHz. Do I need to know a lot about electronics and the workings of radio? Obviously it would be useful if you are aware of the workings of radio control and the electronics used in model boats, but it is not essential and there will always be someone on hand in the Club who you could ask for advice or

I bet the boats and equipment cost a lot of money!

As with most hobbies, you can spend as little or as much as you want. With an initial outlay of £100 you would probably get a lively little boat to try on the pond. Also there are usually second hand boats that can be acquired, whilst for the scratch builder the costs can be spread over the period of build (buy as you build). So there is really something for everyone.

How do I join a model Boat Club?

Well, you are well on the way now so just click here for application form.