RC Sailboats aren't just little toys anymore. HobbyKing brings you the Skate 1000, which is a massive 1.7 meter tall ready to run trimaran.
The Skate 1000 sailboat comes almost ready to run. All you need to supply is a 2 channel radio system and batteries to power them! Modeled after ocean going racing yachts, the Skates's hull is molded fiberglass composite with a perfect gelcoat and vibrant enamel painted finish. Supporting the colorfully printed rip-stop nylon main sail is a rugged aluminum main mast. All bolt together construction for the three hulls, with easily adjustable rigging, the Skate takes about an hour of assembly to be ready to sail!
A centerline mounted dagger board, along with the outrigger hulls makes the Skate a very stable boat, even in in very high wind conditions. This is an impressive model, good size, that breaks down quickly for transport! Check it out.
• Almost Ready to Sail - Install your choice of receiver and battery
• Innovative trimaran design
• Molded fiberglass hull
• Beautiful high gloss painted finish
• Brilliantly printed rip-stop nylon sails
• Removable keel
• Wooden display stand included
• Aluminum main mast
Area of Sails : 0.4m2
2channel or + Radio System (TX & RX)
4 x AA Battery (For Receiver battery)
mine was veryyy disappointing. hulls are way too weak and flexible. everything is out of alignment, bent or too weak to work with. total waste of time and money.Found some quality issues, as someone else has mentioned some holes do not line up quite and require some easing, also found the end of one of the stanchions was badly formed neither of which are major problems, soon sorted and of to the lake. Very impressed with it's initial sail. Enough adjustments available to the rig to do a few tweaks as needed. I have found that when running with the wind it tends to drop the bow and have extended the lead for the battery pack allowing me to move it further aft, this has improved the problem, but can still be an issue in higher winds. All in all excellent value for money.I found the arms and pontoons to be correctly aligned but when bolted to the hull they are way out of alignment. The main hull has had the deck bonded 3mm lower one side than the other which rakes over the bow around 5 degrees this also throws the keel and rudder out as well. The sheeting is rubbish as it stretches a lot. I'm redoing all the rigging and sheeting with Dacron, removing all fittings and bedding them down with silicon and lacquering the steel screws to prevent rust and will silicon all screw and deck openings to prevent water entering when it inevitable cartwheels on the water as multi's do. I will also make a better forward deck pulley to captivate the sheeting so it cannot slip the pulley. Lastly I think I will rename it cheap skate! for the shoddy quality control if there was any.Great value for money and a real nice looking boat. However not without a few problems. The hull on my Skate had seperation between the side and top deck on the center pontoon. Was very difficult to repair, but was able to do it as I have done glass repairs in the past. Fittings like clips and rigging will need to be updated with better clips and wire or whipping twine rigging. These are all low cost updates that will make for a better boat. I have also updated the screws and fitted some ply under the winch mount that is simply screwed into the thin fiberglass deck. Adding some ply on the underside allows for more grip with the screws.. All this advice needs to be put into perspective. This model is well priced for what you get, so I have no problems with the updates. Was not real happy with the damage and felt it was cheaper and faster to just fix it myself... I would recommend this model to others that don't mind doing a small amount of work...Sorry I must have got a real bad one. Both of the beams holding screws were too short replaced them with SS socket Head Screws. I would have done this anyway SS Screws mean less trouble in the Future. Bigger trouble all four countersink holes ih the beams were out of alignment with the center 4mm screw holes. Fortunately I have a Milling machine so I re-bored the holes with a 9mm end mill. A worse problem is the screw holes in the forward beam do not line up with the deck screw inserts. I drilled out the screw holes to 4.5mm and allowed to beam to float int alignment. Next worry will the pontoons line up have my fingers crossed, All told not a well made model or my one slipped through quality control. If all of the corrections work I think it will be a great sailler the lines look Good and I have been around boats most of my life.
Bought the Skate from HobbyKing a few weeks ago, arrived within 5 days. I'm into RC aircraft but this looked interesting which is why I bought it. The model assembles easy for someone who does not know what they are doing. Following the instructions and a bit of common sense had the Skate assembled in a few hours. I took it to a lake where some boat guys meet, they were impressed with it. Some friendly tips from the guys had the Skate sailing across the lake really well - in fact the Skate sails a lot better than what I do. Nice looking yacht with the back rake on the bows, the Skate will be getting a lot more sailing time. I'm impressed with the model, the easy assembly and the excellent sailing. If you are a sailboat person and know what you are doing I'm sure the Skate will really fly.