A one design r/c model racing yacht, the 25.8″ Dragon Force 65 is a modified RG65 Class boat derived from Mark Dick’s narrow hull RG65 ICE design. The Dragon Force features an ABS molded hull, profiled aluminum fin, molded plastic rudder, shroudless rig, carbon mast and booms, ball raced kicker/gooseneck fitting, and watertight construction. Joysway (the manufacturer) provides the Dragon Force as a near complete model requiring only assembly of the standing rigging and deck sail control lines (an A Rig is supplied), installation of keel and rudder, and addition of batteries. Electronics are installed, and a boat stand and radio/transmitter are included.
The Dragon Force 65 is the work of designers Mike Weston, John Tushingham and Mark Dicks who began collaborating with Joysway in 2011 to develop a high performing but inexpensive r/c model racing yacht. Time constraints on the project required the design team to adopt an existing class/design that had already demonstrated serious performance, and to modify the design to make it affordable. The RG65 (a developmental class) “ICE” design was considered the best candidate. To insure close performance sailing and modest cost, restricted design rules would also be required. The result was the one design Dragon Force 65 introduced in 2013. Interestingly, since the boat was designed within the RG65 International Class Rules, the Dragon Force may be raced as EITHER a Dragon Force Restricted Class boat or as an RG65 Developmental Class boat. The Dragon Force 65 is already sailed worldwide with large followings in Europe and the U.S.
The Dragon Force 65 Class Rules require the boat to be raced “as supplied by” the manufacturer with no modifications except those articulated in the rules as “permitted changes.” B and C Rigs are permissible (dimensions are provided), as are after market sails. Some substitution of electronic equipment and rigging materials is allowed as well. A number of the permitted changes improve the integrity (reliability) of the sailboat, and were added as the design team improved the manufactured product (Dragon Force 65 Version 3 is now on the market). Work on improving the Dragon Force is ongoing, and additional allowable modifications are published as “Hints & Tips”. Text of these is available at the UK Dragon Force 65 web site. An excellent illustrated version of the “Hints & Tips” is provided by Abersoch Boatyards in the UK.
The Dragon Force 65 is registered as an RG65 r/c model yacht. The Registrar is Eric Rosenbaum, Class Secretary for the U.S. RG65 Class Owners Association. The Registration Form is available at the U.S. RG65 Class Page, or contact Eric through the AMYA RG65 Class site.
MENTORS / BUILDING RESOURCES
The RG65 USA Class Owners Association maintains an online Dragon Force Resource Center at its Association web site. Provided there are the texts of the “Dragon Force 65 Class Rules” and “Instruction Manual,” a link to the Dragon Force UK “Hints & Tips,” and two videos by Mike Weston with step-by-step instructions for assembling the Dragon Force (see drop-down menu).
Useful building / sailing tips and discussion of the evolving Dragon Force 65 Class Rules are available at four online forums. RCSailing RG65 Forum includes the Dragon Force as a regular topic. The UK RG65 Class Forum has a section on the Dragon Force (scroll down to “discussion categories”). RCGroups maintains a Dragon Force RG65 Yacht online forum that includes great pics. And the RG65 Sailboats US Yahoo Group has some Dragon Force 65 members.
The AMYA Model Yachting magazine featured the RG65 Class in its Fall 2011 issue, and provided a “Dragon Force RG65 Product Report” (discussion of Dragon Force parts and assembly) in its Spring 2014 issue. Both issues are available from the AMYA Ship’s Store.
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