The Edina Model Yacht Club (EMYC) was formed
in 1991 as a non-profit, radio controlled model boat club. Membership
consists of approximately 120 enthusiasts of all ages, backgrounds,
hobby-building skills, and interests. The primary objective of the
formation of the club was to create a relaxing and friendly environment
for hobbyists in which to operate model boats. Although casual in
nature, the EMYC is structured and well organized in its activities
and group planned functions. top
The Centennial Lakes area in Edina, Minnesota
serves as the home port for the EMYC and its on-water activities.
This 1/4 mile long man-made lake winds its way through a 20 million
dollar shopping and residential complex. The lake area is fully landscaped
and is meticulously maintained by the City of Edina. It has become
a favorite place for many to stroll, relax, and enjoy the outdoors.
Food and shopping are available as well. top
The club operates wind, electric and steam
powered boats. No internal combustion powered boats are allowed on
the lake in order to maintain the peaceful atmosphere. The club fleet
can be broken down into four major groups:
We have some SPEC classes organized to
keep costs as low as possible and competition fare. We use the
term competition lightly around here. We have a few rules but
most emphasis is on FUN! From plastic to carbon fiber, if it
floats and it is fast you'll find it here. Monos, Tunnels, Hydros
we know how to have fun. Come see us on Thursday nights on the south
pond for more help or information.
One of the largest groups within the club
can be seen on the north and center ponds. The north
pond is utilized for a regatta or other sailing event with
some open non-competitve boating on the center
The other group that a majority of EMYC
boaters participate in and where the number of scale craft out
number the annual membership by roughly 2 to 1. You see them
on the center
pond on any of the open boating nights. You can see replica's
of the old Mahogany Barrel Backs like Criss Craft pulling water
Skier's! Tugs that smoke and Steam powered craft. Although some
are designed and crafted from scratch, the majority are built
from kits. Anything that floats is acceptable but the most unusual
and interesting boats tend to be those created from original
The two major components are the boat itself,
and the radio equipment. Prices of sail and electric powered boat
kits start below $100 and progress upward, depending on the size,
quality of materials, number of parts, etc.
The Kyosho 'Fairwind' model is priced at approximately $200, while minimum
radio gear prices start in the neighborhood of 50 dollars. As with the kits,
the cost increases as additional radio features and options are added. Also,
as a model is constructed either from scratch or kit, extras such as glue,
sandpaper, paint, etc. are needed. Taking these items into consideration, it
will cost approximately $325 and ten hours building time to get a complete
and nicely finished 36" Kyosho 'Fairwind' sailboat model operating.
For Fast Electric racing expect the cost to
be $200 and upward. Some race boats can cost much more than that.
Be sure to look one of the racers up for help in choosing the one
right for your needs. From a beginers kit in a box to an all out
race design with custom ordered parts, we can help you find it. We
can also help you avoid the common pitfalls of getting started in
Sail, Scale, or Fast Electric don't forget
the cost of support equipment. Radio, Batteries (some require many)
Charger, among other maintenance needs. This is often overlooked
and in some cases your better off with cheaper equipment where as
in others you would benifit from the more costly high quality stuff. top
Membership in the EMYC enables one to participate
in regular running activities as well as to become involved in monthly
meetings, special events, and social gatherings. It also serves as
a common base for the exchange of ideas, information, and shared
interests. Membership dues of 20 dollars for adults and 10 dollars
for individuals under 18 years of age cover a one calendar year membership.
A monthly (except December) newsletter keeps the membership informed
of activities and events. Discounts are available to club members
at several local hobby shops including Hub Hobby. Can save a decent
amount of $$ and still be able to shop locally.
You are invited to attend some of our events
or meetings to get a feel for the group if that may help you decide
on becoming a member. Several have done so over recent months and
went on to become members. top
A calendar of events is developed for each
season, in addition to the regular running times (Tuesday and Thursday
from 5:30 PM until after dark, and Sunday from 4:30 PM). A variety
of activities such as building seminars, club regattas, public shows,
demonstration events, swap shops, and an end of the season "Dry
Dock" party are scheduled annually. top
Additional information may be obtained by,
posting a message on the forum.
There is also snail-mail by writing to the Edina Model Yacht Club,
Centennial Lakes Hughes Pavilion,
7499 France Avenue South, Edina MN 55435, or by attending a club
meeting-held on the third Tuesday of each month (except Dec.) at
7:00 PM in the Centennial Lakes maintenance garage (Band Room). You can even swing by anytime during
the open boating sessions and ask a club member for more Information.
We'd be glad to help you. top
The Sail boats are governed by the wind, and
some can cross the pond at good speeds. The scale boats vary from
put-put Tugs and Barges to your 10 mph Police and Coast Guard boats.
The Fast Electric guys have a some boats that will top 40mph, truly
a site to see! top
Anything powered by Wind, Steam, or Electricity
is allowable. We ask however should you have a Fast Electric boat
that will run faster than approx 10mph (Viper, Dagger, Fighter etc.)
you use the South pond for run times. We've had a few collisions
out there and the last thing we want is someone to loose a "Winter
Project" to a watery grave. Gas/Nitro
powered boats are not permitted by EMYC nor the city of Edina. top
With the club now exceeding 100 in annual memberships
one thing is of growing concern each year. The number of available
frequencies or known as "channels" is not large enough.
Therefore it is REQUIRED that you
find the frequency board if you wish to run on the Central pond and
check for your Frequency clip. If gone you need to negotiate run
times with the current user, and we should all be fair on this. "Do
onto others as you'd want others to do onto you?"
If you don't do this you place your own watercraft
and another's in serious risk. Some of these boats have literally
months of time put into their construction, and replacement value
would be astronomical. top
We currently do not offer our boats for rent.
Each boat is owned by a private member of Edina Model Yacht Club.
It would be up to that individual owner to allow the borrowed use
of there model. There was a service like this provided in the past,
but due to service and maintenance requirements along with lost equipment
it became unfeasible to continue that function. top