Getting started in the World of model boating
With every type, era and size of model boat/ship available in a range of formats from a scratch built from plan model, a range of ready to assemble kits from a plethora of kit manufactures to the very latest in almost ready to sail models that merely require charging of batteries before you are ready to sail there is something for everyone.
So having decided to “get on water” how to get started? Well if you are already a modeller you will know the best route is usually via a model shop, if you are a newcomer however the route is still the same with a visit to your local model shop still being the best way.
Yes even into days high tech internet world there are still many good model shops to be found, ok perhaps not as many in years past but they are still there and more than worth a visit if for no other reason than to avail yourself of the vast wealth of knowledge that the proprietors usually have. Knowledge as to what is available in the market to suit both your wants and budget, knowledge as to the location of model boating clubs and most importantly be able to offer sound advice as to how to get the most out of your purchase.
So you’ve bought a nice model boat and look forward to your first boating adventure, well if you bought your boat from a model shop the chances are that you will have found out if there is a local boating club and pond it your area so head on down and introduce yourself, most clubs and like- minded people will be on hand to welcome you and offer help and advice. Additionally joining a national body that that represents the interests of model boaters provides invaluable help with all things boating. One such association is the UK National Body for Model Bower Boating including Speed Competition and Scale Model Boating. http://www.mpba.org.uk/ . There is also additional information on national bodies that represent various other types of boating on the internet.
Now a couple of boats the spring to mind as being good fun for beginners are the classically styled “’Volere’’ speedboat that harks back to the glamourous age of the stylish varnished wood motor launches, gentle sailing with the Westward 18-inch Sailboat V2 (ready to run) or if you are at all concerned about capsizing why not try the amazing self-righting ‘’Recoil 17’’speed boat from Pro boat.