ProBoat(tm) makes embarking on the adventure of R/C sailing quick and easy with their ready-to-run fiberglass Sunrise(tm) 24".
The Lure of Wind and Water
Unlike power boating, which involves the simple application of physics, sailing is a stimulating blend of both science and art. You must read the wind and adjust your course to get where you want to go. The thrill comes from watching your plan come together as your boat silently and gracefully carves a wake across the pond.
In the past, in order to enjoy a sleek fiberglass R/C sailboat, you had to build. A painstaking process involving lots of sanding, painting, and hours of rigging work. With ProBoat's new Sunrise 24" ready-to-run sailboat, anyone can be the captain of a beautifully painted fiberglass ship in a fraction of the time it would take to build one from a kit for just a few dollars more than a lower-quality plastic RTR.
Easy Breezy Assembly
The RTR version comes with JR's Beat Gear two-stick system and two Z250 servos installed. An almost-ready-to-run version is available without radio and servos, for those who may have a spare surface system lying around. No special sail servo is required. The rigging is designed to work with standard servos instead. The mast and sail booms are made of sturdy anodized aluminum and adds a nice scale touch to the boat's appearance.
Both versions require some minor finishing assembly that basically involves finishing the rigging of the sails and attaching the rudder. Even if you've never built a sailboat before, a nautical novice could have the Sunrise RTR ready to sail in less than an hour. The rigging of the sails, traditionally a rather daunting task for beginners, is streamlined with the Sunrise, thanks to a wonderfully illustrative manual and labeled rigging lines. Simply match the labeled rigging lines with the corresponding labels on the hull and booms. The manual also features a glossary of sailing terms and an introduction on how to sail in different directions relative to the wind.
Point and Sail
On the day we took the Sunrise out to the lake, winds were a fairly brisk 12 to 15 mph. It performed superbly. Its sleek blue, yellow, and white fiberglass hull looked gorgeous, as it cut cleanly through the water. Very little rudder input was required to maintain course. Even when tacking crosswind, the Sunrise carried enough momentum that only tiny amounts of rudder were necessary to prevent it from "weather vaning" into the wind. All we had to do was point it in the direction we wanted to go, set the sails, and cruise. Stability like this should make mastering the basics a piece of cake for the beginner.
Of course you don't have to be a novice to appreciate the Sunrise. We're sure there are lots of salty dogs out there who would love to have a compact sailboat they can take on trips or take out on a whim when they didn't feel like rigging up their larger scale built craft. Whichever category you fall into, the ProBoat Sunrise 24 is a fantastic way to set sail fast.