Irene is a semi-scale portrayal of a typical small trading schooner from the early 20th century. Gary Webb, noted designer and builder of several full scale sailboats, offers Irene as an easy-building, fantasy-scale sailing vessel for radio control, ideal for first time builders.
Plywood over bulkhead construction requires no special building jigs or forms. Plans include 7 sheets, with drawings, full size templates, and instructions detailing hull assembly, radio control system, spars & rigging, keel bulb casting, and more. Also included are drawings for both a rowing dory and skiff for use as optional tenders or deck ornamentation.
Irene's sail plan features her original Marconi-rigged mainsail. A secondary sheet details an optional gaff-rigged mainsail, offering more sail area, with a slightly lower main mast. Irene's optional Gaff rig is shown on the Bearospace Combo Package
pages. Both rigs are easily installed and readily removed, for quick setup and convenient storage. Finally, Irene's removable keel lets her stand tall and proud in a breeze.
Building Irene exercises a variety of skills, making this a satisfying project for the experienced builder, or a great learning project for the novice modeler. The finished model is attractive and robust, a real boat in every way. And as builder and captain, it is your responsibility to paint her the colors of your choice and give her a proper name.
With her classic appeal and great manners while under way, Irene promises to put a smile on your face, and turn heads whenever she sails.
Length overall: 147.3 cm / 58 in
Length on deck: 122 cm / 48 in
Length Waterline: 101.6 cm / 40 in
Beam: 35.5cm / 14 in
Draft: 53.3 cm / 21 in
Displacement: 11.4 kg / 25 lbs.
Sail area, Marconi: 5484 sq cm / 850 sq. in.
Sail area, Gaff: 6548 sq cm / 1015 sq. in.
Height above water, Marconi: 127 cm / 50 in.
Height above water, Gaff: 112 cm / 44 in.
If you prefer to have spares, the Irene Template Package
includes second copies of the full size template sheets.
The following links offer discounts when purchasing more than one Bearospace plan at a time.Schooner Annie & Sloop Emma
- Annie & Emma with templatesSchooners Annie & Irene
- Annie & Irene with templatesSloop Emma & Schooner Irene
- Emma & Irene with templatesAnnie, Emma & Irene
- All 3 plan sets with templates
The SailTails YouTube channel
features numerous videos about building & sailing the Bearospace boats.
Additional information is also available at the Bearospace Industries web site
, and the RC Groups forum threads dedicated individually to Annie
, and Irene
. Finished sails are available from respected model yacht sailmaker Rod Carr. See carrsails.com
for details.Bearospace Industries
and Flying Models have partnered to bring you physical paper plans for building the Bearospace designs. Digital plans remain available from Bearospace.