• 2011: Jari Immanen is selling CNC-machined moulds and parts at: http://rcyachttech.webs.com/
  • 2011: We are NOT producing the PIKANTO for sale currently.
  • 2010 September: The hull/deck mould has been damaged, and we will either repair it or produce a new deck-mould. In the mean time no new hulls will be produced.
  • 2010 June 4: We are not accepting orders for hulls/boats yet. The foredeck mould has been modified for easier manufacturing. The fin/mastbox alignment has been improved which ensures a straight finbox on all hulls. We have developed a cnc-machined steel-mould for the fin which produces a very stiff and lightweight carbon fin. We are developing parts/moulds for installing the RC-components in the boat. Jari designed and machined a 99mm diameter winch-drum (see below). If all goes well we will have a few hulls in stock by the end of July 2010.
  • 2010May10: added link to Brazilian PIKANTO builder.
  • 2010Mar13: bumpers now in stock (ca 5+ pcs)
  • 2010Mar09: added pictures to hull nr 004


The PIKANTO is an International One Metre (see www.iomclass.org) class radio-controlled yacht. Designed by Graham Bantock in 2008, it is sold by SAILSetc as well as a number of licensed builders around the world. In addition to us, the builders with websites I am aware of are:

Jari Immanen and Anders Wallin, under license from SAILSetc/Graham Bantock, produce a version of the PIKANTO in Helsinki, Finland. Our version is different in that Anders designed a new deck which is moulded in one piece. From these CAD-files Jari produced a CNC-machined plug of our own. Most other builders have made moulds from the original SAILSetc plug. The hull-shape is identical to the original PIKANTO. We mould the hull in a novel way with a closed mould, which produces a very strong boat with all of the deck and the fin/mastbox and the rudder tube in place.


Preliminary prices and specifications as of 2010 February (subject to change!):

  • xx euros, Hull, including deck, mast/fibox, and rudder tube.
    • see hull-list below for pictures
    • Moulded with epoxy resin and two layers of 163 g/sq.m twill-weave glassfiber.
    • Colour choices TBA.
  • xx euros, Fin (carbon).
    • see picture of steel mould
    • Moulded in cnc-machined steel mould with epoxy resin using 200 g/sq.m plain-weave Carbon as outer layer and 250 g/sq.m UHM unidirectional carbon as inner layer. Balsa or epoxy foam core.
  • xx euros, Rudder (carbon)
    • Moulded in cnc-machined aluminium mould with epoxy resin and 200g /sq.m plain-weave Carbon. 4 mm Carbon stock. Balsa or epoxy foam core.
  • xx euros, Bow-bumper (silicone)
  • xx euros, cnc-machined aluminium 99mm diameter winch-drum for HiTec arm-winch. Weight 21 grams. Four M3 threads for attachment to servo horn. See picture of cnc-machined winch drum.
  • TBA bulb ballast
  • TBA fittings-pack (deck-eyes, RC-plate fittings, RC-plate, etc.)
  • TBA fit fittings-pack and assemble boat, only add radio and rigs yourself.
  • TBA International shipping

List of hulls

Two early prototype hulls were moulded in January 2010. Due to various reasons they will remain demo-hulls and not be completed. Pictures of demo-hull.


13 thoughts on “PIKANTO”

  1. hola:
    Desearía saber cuando podría fabricar un PIKANTO EN PIEZAS lo montaría en Spain y que me costaría

    Muchas gracias

    Enric Busquets

  2. Hola Enric,
    We might have hulls/kits for sale in July/August - we don't know. The preliminary prices are on this page. I don't know how much shipping/packaging is going to cost, probably around 100euros.

  3. Hi vanBeek,

    Nr 2 is sold.
    We are finding that with many colors we need to apply two thin layers of gelcoat to get a good cover. This adds weight to the hull. It might be better to do a really thin clear gelcoat and then paint/sand the boat aftwerwards.
    That means we will probably be making more clear hulls, and some might be for sale later. Keep watching this page for the latest info (next updates in August probably)


  4. Dear Anders
    I have noted your pictures of the large aluminium drum for the winch and also noticed that the Pikanto appears to have a standard sized servo for the winch. I am thinking about using the one of the new Hitec servos myself but I have been warned that they may not be able to dissipate the heat they are prone to generate. For this reason I was thinking of using a metal drum as a heat sink. However your own version of the large diameter drum connects to the plastic disc atop of the servo which would negate its use as a heat sink.

    So, is the winch servo of a standard size as it appears in the photos and if so have you experienced any heat issues with this set up. Also are you using lipos or a 6 volt regular pack?

    Many thanks

  5. Hello Mike,
    We have tried the normal-sized Hitec servos, the older one I have used is a HS-5955, but HiTec comes out with new servos all the time. I just looked at their site and they have one called HSR-M7990TH which looks powerful.
    I have been using 6.0V packs with five AA batteries. A few years ago LiPos were still quite unreliable and caused fires etc, but I think they are better now, maybe worth a try.
    The output shaft on the servo is metal, so in theory the winch-drum could dissipate some of the heat, but I think it would be much more effective to put a heatsink on the lower casing of the servo which is aluminium. I haven't paid any attention to cooling and haven't had any problems with overheating so far.
    Modifying these servos so they could turn 360-degrees or 2-3 turns would be interesting. Also the new and cheap Eurgle winch looks interesting(6 turns, not adjustable).

  6. Be aware of the HSR Hitech servos, they are for robotic applications and do not respond to "normal" RC endpoint adjustments, A friend had to swap his out for the regular RC version, the HS 7955 because he could not get it to work with his radio.

  7. I have had good luck spraying my paint color in the mold before layup. Spray color and allow to dry completely, then, depending on color, you may want to spary a coat of white or silver, to help make the final color opaque when popped out of the mold.

    There will always be an issue of the edges where the two molded parts meet.

  8. Hi Anders
    Synd at formen til Pikanto er gået i stykker. Håber du får den lavet så produktionen kan komme i gang.
    Er på udkig efter en ny IOM og Pikanto er du af mine ønsker.

  9. Hej Anders
    Har ni kommit igång med att bygga nya båtar,
    är ev. interesserad.
    Med vänlig hälsning
    Nils Månsson

  10. Hello Nils,
    Planen är att rita om däcket med en mera rundad skrov/däck övergång och en design som möjliggör laminering av båten i höger/vänster halvor så som Bantock/SailsETC gör. Sedan fräser vi en plugg i MDF, och jag skulle vara intresserad av att bygga formen i epoksi-massa lika som Obsession-formen från Holland:

    Nästa prototyp skrov kunde vara klart nångång på våren 2011, men jag vet inte om/när vi kunde sälja några skrov.
    CNC-fräsning av formar för fenor/roder/bulbar och andra mindre delar lyckas närsomhelst om nån är intresserad av att köpa formar.

    (english summary: no boats are for sale. I'll re-design the shape and we will make a new MDF plug and mould. Prototype in spring 2011 at the earliest - hulls for sale maybe after that, I don't know. If you are interested in cnc-machined moulds for fins/rudders/bulbs or other small parts we can make these immediately, please contact me with a CAD design of what you want.)

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