30 November 2015

Questions & Answers

We hope the following answers to FAQ’s will help those newcomers to radio sailing who visit our site.   If the answer to your question is not on this page do not hesitate to contact the Association.   Be warned, radio sailing is addictive!

Q.    I want to get started in radio sailing, but I am not certain how.

A.   Through the State contact son this site, find your local club and pay them a visit.  Most of our members are only too happy to discuss their sport with anyone wishing to take it up but remember if they are concentrating on their racing, wait until the race has finished.  If you like what you see you may want to go to the next step and get a boat.

Q.    What class of yacht is the best to get?

A.     Find out what class or classes your local club sails.  Each of the classes we sail is described on the Class Information page.  There is little point in buying a One Meter for example if your club only sails Marbleheads or vice versa.  Often the lower cost alternative is recommended for beginners but if you have a competitive nature you may tire quickly of following the fleet home, so there is no one answer to this question, generally you should buy the best you are able to afford.

Q.    I have decided on a class, how much will I need to pay and how will I know if the boat is any good?

A.     In some classes  an average club boat can be had for around $600 complete, but don’t expect it to be a winner. You will see boats for which the asking price comes as a shock to the uninitiated, these will generally be of exotic construction with a range of rigs for varying conditions and be a proven performer.  Check with your club, they will have a listing of the boats for sale locally and may be able to offer advice on these.  If a boat has been lying in someone’s garage for a few years it may not have a current  class certificate.  Check that the boat still complies with the class rules.

Q.    What other things need I consider?

A.     Most clubs allocate members a permanent radio frequency,  you will need to check with the Secretary to see what frequencies are available to you.  This will be a consideration whether you are buying a yacht complete with radio equipment or need to buy this separately.  In Australia, frequency bands 27MHz, 29MHz, most of the 36MHz and some of the 40MHz band are approved for the operation of yachts.

Q.  There isn’t a club close by, so a group of us would like to start one up.

A.    Contact your State Radio Yachting body who will be happy to provide advice onsetting up.  There are some requirements for affiliation and these will be found in the Constitution. ARYA is an incorporated body and included in club and member benefits are National public liability cover and an informative newsletter.

 

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