- How hard is it to build the CR-914?
- Do I need anything else to build the 914 Kit?
- Will the CR914 flip over and sink?
- How long will the batteries last?
- What kind of paint do you recommend?
- When is it too windy to sail?
- Should I upgrade the radio?
[The average builder takes between 12-15hrs to build the CR-914. I feel that the most time consuming part of the construction is doing a nice paint job. Take your time on the paint job, because once the boat is built if you have to come back a repaint the hull it is much harder as everything is in the way]
[The CR-914 Kit comes with everything you need to build the boat. The only things you need are some simple tools, sand paper, paint and Batteries.]
[No. The 914 has a 4.25lb lead ballast and even if the wind blows the boat over it will automatically right itself.]
[This is somewhat dependent on how windy it is. The windier it is the more the sail winch servo must struggle to hold the sails in and this drains the batteries in the boat faster then on a light wind day. On average the batteries in the Transmitter will last between 6-10hrs and the batteries in the boat will last between 4-8hrs (Again depending on how windy it is).]
[I recommend and use automotive paint that comes in an aerosol spray can. It is a hard paint that can take the abuse will not chip easily. A great trick is to finish sanding your hull, mask the deck and take it to a local automotive body shop. Give them a six pack of bear and ask them to paint the hull before they empty their paint gun. They will toss out more paint then it takes to paint two CR-914's. I have seen a number of GREAT paint jobs done for the price of a six pack of beer.]
[It is more a factor of the wave state then the amount of wind. I have sailed at Larchmont YC on Long Island sound in a steady 18-20 with clocked gusts to 32. If the waves are white capping then you are at the limit. You can sail in it but it is hard on the boats and very tricky to control the boat]
[The new standard radio system is a great radio system. The only times I recommend upgrading to the Spektrum DX5e or DX6i system is if you plan on traveling to regattas or are thinking that you might grow into more then one class of boat. If you are planning on going to the time and expense to joining us at some of the great regattas that are held around the country then it is worth upgrading to a better radio system and having that little bit of added dependability. If you are planning on getting into more then one class of boat then the radio system like the DX6i will save you money in the long run because you can have the ability to save multiple boat setups within the Transmitter and only need a Receiver of the other boats instead of a complete Tx/RX system.]