Our Club Boats: The Victoria, the ODOM, and the DragonForce 65
Because each class of boat has different characteristics and performance on the water, and so that all members would have a common basis from which to sail and learn, the club has used two standard One-Design Class club boats: the Victoria and the ODOM. This year, in order to provide a relatively low cost, "no assembly skills required," entry level boat, the club is adding on a trial basis a 3rd standard One-Design Class boat to the fleet, the Dragon Force 65 described below.
The Thunder Tiger Victoria, shown on the left, is a scaled-down version of an America's Cup style yacht, was selected because of its durability, affordable price, and exceptional sailing performance. The Victoria's measurements are: Length - 30.7", Mast Height- 42.8", Beam- 7.7", and, by class rules, must have a minimum Racing Weight of 4 lbs. 8 oz. The Victoria is sold as a kit that is manufactured by Thunder Tiger and sold by a few licensed vendors. A search of the Internet and asking members of your local club are the best means of finding a Victoria to purchase.
The ODOM (One-Design One Meter) Class, shown on the right, is the club's higher performance class. It is some-what larger than the Victoria, and, as the name implies, one meter (39.37") in length, has a beam of 8.25", stands about 6 feet tall and has a minimum racing weight of 7 lbs. 6 oz.
Boats in The Dragon Force 65 Class, pictured on the left, were first sold in 2013, and now (2018) there are over 500 boats registered in this class in the U.S. The boat is 650mm (25.59 in.) long, with a 116.5mm (4.58 in.) beam, weighs 1200G (2.54 lbs.), and has a sail area of 2226 cm2 (345 in2).
The Victoria, ODOM and Dragon Force 65 classes are all sanctioned by the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA).
Links to websites that have additional information for new or prospective model yacht owners, including the websites of boat/kit retailers and sites with tips and detailed recommendations for assembling the kits, can be found in the Related Links section on the right side of this page.
IMPORTANT: Model yachts require at least
a two channel R/C transmitter for controlling the sail and rudder positioning servos, and each R/C transmitter must operate in a way that does not cause interference with nearby boats. Please peruse the R/C Information page before ordering an R/C transmitter.