The Star 45 is a 45" long hard chine, semi-scale model of the full-size International Star boat. Weighing from 12 to 13 pounds, carrying about 1000 square inches of sail area, and a ballast to weight ratio approaching 70%, Star 45's are fast and super responsive. Few model yachts can equal their speed and agility. With the ability to turn in a little more than a boat length when properly trimmed, the boat can be sailed hands off for the length of the pond.
Skippers have the option of scratch-building the boat from wood or fiberglass using plans available from the AMYA, building with laser-cut frames based on those plans, or obtaining major components in fiberglass from Class approved suppliers, or commissioning a ready-to-sail new boat from one of the Class builders. Depending on the approach taken, a boat can be obtained, ready to race, from $500 to $2500. In addition, there are almost always good used boats available; contact the Class Secretary to help you locate one.
The Star 45 is a one-design class, but some latitude is allowed with the shapes and locations of the underwater foils, rig construction and sails to accommodate home builders. With its high ballast to weight ratio, adjustable rig and stable hull form, the Star 45 can be sailed in a considerable range of conditions, and a B rig was recently adopted for skippers wanting easier control in heavy air. The fun factor of building and sailing a Star 45 is very high and, like the full-sized Star, they were made to race. You are invited to join in.
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