Hello guys, This question gets asked a lot from new people. How much does this cost? How cheaply can I get involved and have fun? With that in mind, I have decided to sponsor an IRCWCC Cheap Boat Challenge. The rules are as follows: Boat must meet all IRCWCC construction requirements and must be 100% IRCWCC legal. Minimum Class: Class 2, 2.5 units. No maximum class/units. Boat must participate in 3 IRCWCC sanctioned battles and be present on score sheets submitted to IRCWCC Secretary. Participants will be judged based on a number of factors, some arbitrary. Things like (but not exactly limited to): Final cost How well did you document your expenses? Did you keep track of literally everything? 6.75oz of gray paint, 1 $.05 acid brush, 2 tubes of E6000, 14 inches of fishing line for gun pins? Does your boat actually work? (Does it work well?) How "easy" was your build? How reasonable would it be for a new person to do what you did? Did you use tools/equipment beyond what is reasonably expected for a new person? (everyone, apparently, does not own a mill, lathe, cnc router, scroll saw, 3d printer, etc). Larger, more complex ships, will be weighted more heavily than smaller ships that should, understandably, be cheaper to build. This curve will be figured out at the time of judgement. All parts/supplies/materials used in construction of the ship should be calculated into the expenses. If you had solenoids laying around, they are not a $0 cost. Their original purchase price should be factored in. This is not MSRP, this is what you paid for them. This encourages deals shopping, surplus ebay purchases, etc. You are permitted to calculate price per unit/inch/etc for supplies based on the actual purchase price if you bought a larger quantity than required and needed to cut down/only used part of the full amount. Example being $9 for 18" of K&S brass tube, but only using 6" of it, and recording $3 for brass tube. Your radio and receiver are factored into the cost of the boat. Choose wisely. Cost of batteries for ONE FULL BATTLE should be included in the cost of your boat. Not per sortie. If you have to charge between sorties, double the cost of your battery. Cost of battery chargers, tools, etc are not factored into the cost of your boat. Is your boat pretty? Does your boat have extra features? (Functional recovery float, night battle lighting, etc) Are you just refurbishing an old hull and have no idea how much it originally cost you? That's OK, but the judges will Larry Moe & Curly argue and haggle for exactly 2 minutes over how much they'd be willing to pay for that hull to factor into your score. *These rules are subject to minor modification as we chit chat about this fun little contest. All judging decisions are subject to angry debate between the judges and the individual contestants. Judging will take place during IRCWCC NATIONALS 2024, specific day to be determined. My two other judges will be selected between now and then. Judges may participate in the contest and a supplementary judge will be selected from the participants for judging that boat. I will not participate, to remain impartial. Now, the thing everyone wants to hear: The prize! The winner of this contest, aside from being crowned the chief cheapskate, will win a full 3D Printed ship kit* including Turnigy 6 channel Radio and receiver. Exact ship kit will be determined at a later date due to me constantly adding more ships to my catalog. Expect something VDT/I-Boat sized, maybe USS Texas sized, definitely not smaller than I boat or larger than Texas. *Ship Kit as defined on the www.southjerseyshipyards.com website, not including internal functional components like: regulator, solenoids, ESC's, motors, pump, etc.