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Build your Own Stitch & Glue Radio-Controlled Sailboat

Build and sail the INDEPENDENCE model.

June 30 – July 6
Brooklin, Maine
$902 - includes everything needed for one boat, including the R/C equipment
Eric Schade
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This is a six-day class ending Saturday


Students will build this sailboat from laser-cut parts, seal and paint the boat, attach all the hardware, install the radio control system, set up the sheets and sails, and tune the rig to be ready to sail. By the end of the course, we should be able to head to the waterfront and give them a try!

The Independence is a stable, responsive, fast, and fun model sailboat designed to perform in moderate to strong breezes on open waters. The model is 47½” long, 10½” wide, 80” from keel to masthead, and weighs about 15 lbs. It comes apart and fits easily in a car. Despite her size she is suitable for beginners, but will also challenge the more experienced sailor.

No special skills are needed, though confidence with tools and some experience building things may be helpful.


  • Who is this course best suited for?

    This course is appropriate for someone with little or no experience.  The course is designed around the idea that you have not done this before or know very little about the subject.  Students should pay more attention to suggested readings or videos to help familiarize themselves ahead of time.

    This course involves a low level of activity throughout the week including: occasional standing and working, seating is usually available, working on your own project at your own pace is common.

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