"Emma" is a semi-scale portrayal of a sprit-rigged cruising sloop from the mid 20th century, designed for RC sailing. Emma is the second model boat plan offering from Gary Webb, noted builder of several full scale sailboats. She shares the classic "big boat" appeal and great manners under way of her sister, the schooner Irene
, while her smaller size and simpler details allow faster building, and make her more portable once completed. She's ideal for first time builders.
Emma's plan set for do-it-yourself scratchbuilding include 5 large sheets. Full-size patterns assure easy, accurate, creation of this model. Plywood over bulkhead construction requires no special building jigs or forms. Drawings and instructions detail hull assembly, radio control system, spars & rigging, keel bulb casting, and more. Mast, rudder and fin keel are readily removable for easy storage and transport. Emma's moderate sized rig provides realistic sailing performance in breezes up to about 15 knots.
Building Emma 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.
Length overall: 1 meter / 39.375 in
Length waterline: 97.8 cm / 38.5 in
Beam: 31 cm / 12.25 in
Draft: 50.8 cm / 20 in
Displacement: 6.14 kg / 13.5 lbs
Ballast fin / bulb: 3.4 kg / 7.5 lbs
Sail area: 3393 sq cm / 526 sq in
Height above water: 99 cm / 39 in
If you prefer to have spares, the Emma Template Package
includes second copies of the full size template sheets. Buying plans for both Emma and Irene
at the same time for additional savings.
Finished sails for Irene and Emma, made to order, are available from respected model yacht sailmaker Rod Carr. Contact Rod through his website carrsails.com
and Flying Models have partnered to bring you physical paper plans for building both the sloop Emma, and her larger sister, the schooner Irene
. Digital plans remain available from Bearospace.
Visit the SailTails YouTube channel
for videos of Emma and Irene in action.
Additional information is also available at the Bearospace Industries web site,
as well as RC Groups forum threads dedicated individually to Irene