Model: Length: Hull Weight: Beam: Sail Area:
Independence R/C Sailing Model 4' 0" 15 lbs. 11 in. 7 sq ft.
Independence R/C Sailing Model Configurations:
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Standard Configurations:
Wood Parts Only Kit
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Alternative Configurations:

Independence Model Plans & Manual Only
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Instruction Manual Only
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Additional Components:

Epoxy & Wire Kit
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Build this boat in a week!


Our friend Eric Schade, with assistance from Dave Jackson, developed this 48-inch long radio controlled model sailboat, which Eric has named the "Independence".  At least a hundred Independence yachts have been built,  both by individuals,  in classes at the WoodenBoat School,  and at Pequot Yacht Club on Long Island Sound. At Pequot they have been racing the boats twice weekly for years. Don't miss the videos of the Independence models in action!
Whether you want to join or create a group to race together, or want just to enjoy sailing around your local pond by yourself or with a friend, this boat will be a great introduction to sailing, and will continue to be fun for years to come.  Furthermore, since the Indy is a "One Design" class, your boat will be competitive with other Independence Class boats should you desire to race.
A powerful and responsive sailing model, the Indy is equipped with straightforward and inexpensive remote control technology (not included).  It utilizes the same pre-cut plywood panels and stitch and glue construction as our other kits.
We offer a complete set of plans and manual for the home builder.  Alternativly we offer a CNC-cut wood parts kit.  The kit includeds pre-cut and drilled okoume marine plywood, timber parts and the instruction manual.  The kit includes a supplementary list that tells what else you will need and where to get it.  (See that list here.)  The kit does not include the lead keel, hardware, sail, or R/C equipment (see link below). 
  • Lead bulb and rigging hardware kit is available through Eric Schade and Shearwater Boats
  • R/C equiptment is detailed in the instruction manual. We like the following simple radio set-up, but alternative radio gear may also be used. Please read this PDF document for suggestions on what R/C Equiptment to purchase.

Please contact Eric Schade directly with design or hardware related questions.