Wednesday, March 2, 2022

T37 Fleet 2022

As some of you know who live in the Inland NW, FunToSAIL is helping to build the Inland NW Sailors RC sailing fleet. Currently we have a mix of boats owned by our club members but now we are making an effort to build a strong one design fleet around the incredible well designed, high performance, and USA built T37. If you are like me, I have sailed many models of the various RC sailboats with mixed results related to performance and quality. After a ton of research, the T37 has stood out as the boat to build a fleet with.

The T37 RC Racing Sloop is 37 inches long, 5 feet high, and has a total weight of 4 pounds with the keel ballast casting weighing 2 of these pounds. There are more than 3000 (and counting) T37 RC Sailboats sailing today, some in countries as far away as Thailand and New Zealand! There is a large fleet in Washington State. It is a fully sanctioned one design class in the American Model Yachting Association (AMYA). The T37 balances perfectly and sails fast. She tacks effortlessly and will sail in winds gusting up to 20 mph. The heavy ballast casting at the bottom of the keel makes it impossible to tip the sailboat over. All fittings on this RC sailboat are solid brass or high-grade marine 316 stainless steel. The hull is very light and strong, built from 1/8-inch mahogany plywood. The sails are genuine nylon spinnaker cloth; this is the same material that is used on full size sailboat spinnakers. The mast can be removed in less than one minute for easy transport. This is not a plastic toy without the messy easy to brake off pieces, such as fake steering wheels, stanchions, etc. The T37 is sleek and meant to perform at a high level.

The T37 RC Sailboat Kits come with everything you will need to build the boat, including the marine epoxy and all of the RC gear (except for batteries) for sailing the boat. In fact, all you need is paint or varnish and AA batteries!  For assembly, it is recommended ages 15 and up, or 12 and up with an adult. For sailing and racing, ideally for ages 8 through adult.

The T37 racing sloop RC sailboat kit is quick to build (around 20 hours building time) and is a great introduction to using epoxy in boat building. No previous building experience is required. Very complete building videos on YouTube detail every step in the building process for the T37. The kit includes:

Hull and deck pieces pre-cut to an accuracy of 1/1000 of an inch from the highest grade of marine Okume plywood

High-quality brass and stainless-steel hardware

Spectra and monofilament rigging lines

Carbon fiber mast and Hardwood booms (wooden mast available on request)

¾ oz. Nylon Spinnaker cloth pre-sewn sails

Marine-grade epoxy, along with epoxy brushes and syringes

Full Radio Control gear, including the transmitter, receiver, battery box, and rudder and sail servos

Keel ballast casting

Excellent, detailed building instructions to guide you through the entire building process

…and more!

Each boat has a unique personality reflecting the builder's preference for paint styles and colors. The T37 is one of only a few Remote-Control sailboats built out of wood, and one of the most elegant RC sailboat kits available. For most sailors, the T37 is an ideal model sailboat; powerful, seaworthy, fast, and just the right size. This RC sailboat will give pleasure for generations of sailors. And an added note, because the hull is made of wood it can be fixed whereas a plastic hull is next to impossible to fix.

Sails come many colors (contact FunToSAIL for details). The standard mainsail colors are white or fluorescent yellow, and the standard jib sail colors are white, dark blue, red, and fluorescent orange. Other colors listed are an additional coast per sail. Non-standard colors are available. 

For accessories for the T37 RC Sailboat, include a varnish kit and stands.

Very soon we will have a fleet of T37's sailing throughout the Inland NW. Get yourself a boat from FunToSAIL and join us.

Please text or email for more info.

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