The Canterbury 'J' Class
Radio Controlled Model Yacht
The Canterbury J is a project that lets existing or newcomers to the sport of radio sailing, get started quickly with a good handling model yacht that is easy to build and cost effective. Additionally it has ease of transport and a good resale potential.
The Canterbury J is a 1.22 metre (48") yacht with a main and foresail rigged to a 1.6 metre aluminium mast.
Over 240 hulls have been sold and they are to be found in all areas of New Zealand and some as far afield as the USA, Canada and the UK. It is a one-design yacht and all hulls come from official molds approvedby the Canterbury J Association. Each hull has an identification number molded into the hull.
The Canterbury J is registered with the NZ Radio Yachting Association as a nationally recognised class.
It is not uncommon to see groups of J's approaching the finish line together, particularly in calm conditions, when their ability to sail in the lightest of airs poses a challenge to other classes of yachts. A great J attribute is the ability to negotiate weed and shallows because of the integrated keel / rudder profile and it is this characteristic that has boosted our membership, making J's the predominant class of yacht sailed at the Christchurch Model Yacht Club - the Canterbury J Association's home club.
Another benefit is that within the basic parameters of the rules there is a great deal of freedom for the average builder to reflect ingenuity and skill, with the rigging, hatches, internal layout of components and deck layouts and composition.
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