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  1. Once the hull on the 65/95 cracks  ( usually just in front of the black keel support on the bottom of the hull) they can be a devil to repair  properly. In the long term, you might be better to buy one of the spare hulls and transfer the parts over. That is what I did when I got one of these cracks in the 95. Almost impossible to see unless you put pressure on the hull.


  2. That is good news. When I spoke to him a while ago, he was recovering from a nasty accident caused while doing some D.I.Y. at home.  The website appears to be working fine this morning after a couple of days struggle. Perhaps my service provider was having DNS issues?


  3. Looking for something "yachtwise" yesterday and went to have a look on the Nylet web site. Normally no issue but it seems very difficult to get onto all of a sudden. Does this mean that Frank has given up on us at last ?

  4. That looks lovely.   I know what you mean about weight.  My old A Class weighs 51lbs and while impressive, I am not sure that I am going to manage moving and launching that very often. 

  5. 3 hours ago, Mike Ewart said:

    Hi it is generally held that the longer , that is deeper , fin will give more fighting moment, most people reduce sail area as the wind strength increases

    Think that should be   righting moment.    Mind you, looking back at some sailing sessions, perhaps you are right, Mike !!😀

  6. 4 hours ago, Richard98 said:

    Thanks Tiggy Cat, that TX/RX looks just the job. Off to buy one now (metaphorically in current circumstances of course)


    I have been using two of them for a couple of years and they are super little bits of kit.


  7. Perhaps a cheapish one that has a couple of channels that can be controlled proportionally by knobs would be more useful. Would suggest something like the Turnigy TGY-i6.  Actually on this, you can assign two of the channels to either a switch or a knob .  It also has a channel operated by a 3 position switch as well.




  8. From the original post, it sounds like his winch has xt60  plug fitted which is a bit of overkill for the power concerned.  You can buy xt60 to xt30 converter plugs on Ebay quite easily though. 


  9. The description of the mast tube arrangements that you describe plus the position of the mast quite far forward of the keel position, still leads me to think that the rig was a swing.  I was struck when I saw the photos in the original auction, that I had never seen a swing rig on a A before.  

  10. Looking at the pictures on Ebay, (I also put a bid on it!) I think that the sails were on a swing rig which would only require one sheet to control it. It wouldn't have needed a closed loop system. 

  11. Just as an aside to this,  while I updated most of the electronics on the A during the Autumn (removing the Flight Link Duette 27mhz set up which still worked!)  I left the original winch in place. This consisted of a large Monoperm motor driving  a brass gear train with limit switches on a traveller arrangement. Something else probably knocked up in Brittania's Luton work shops. While a bit "old school" it is virtually impossible to move the winch drum by force except by energising the motor. This was originally via a pair of micro switches mounted on a servo but has been replaced with a solid state switch from a chap in the Channel Islands.  The set up isn't lightning fast nor is it proportional, but it is basically simple and virtually foolproof.

    For the sort of sailing I am likely to do, the winch will probably be fine ( it was back in the 70's so should work just as well now). I did have a look around for something newer to replace it but with the seeming lack of RMG 300 series winches around , I was hard put to find anything that would reliably cope with the  not inconsiderable forces involved in shifting the sails as there is a fair old area involved.  Just wondering what others use in A's, given that the current breed are probably carrying less sail area.  Any suggestions/observations welcomed.

  12. Interesting to note that the A class now has 2  Class Captains , championing the class. Quite appropriate really , as given the weight of some of the older designs that they want to get back on the water, you need 2 people to lift them!   Well that's the impression I get when moving around my Dambuster A Class that I acquired back in the early 1970's and used to sail at Emberton Park when it was barely a reclaimed gravel pit.  If I remember correctly, the bulb on the end of the keel is somewhere close to 60lbs.

     I spent some time this Summer,  tidying up the A which hasn't sailed for a good few years and it is nearly ready for a rebirth , along with my 6 metre "Tern".    The A class was one of 3 identical boats built by a sailor local to Emberton  ( David Houssen)  for himself and two friends and only "fun sailed"  i.e. they were never officially measured . Given all the fuss when Mr Stollery introduced his ovoid designs such as Dambuster and Clockwork Orange that  didn't really have a deck edge to measure to etc, this might provide Bill Green with some interest if dropped into his measuring tank!!.    I bought mine off of the Senior Engineer of Brittania Airways,  who was based at Luton. For medical reasons he had to downsize to a Marblehead and  I was sailing my little Starlet  on the periphery of the group and he gave me first refusal on the boat at the grand price of £40 if I recall correctly. That price included the boat, 3 sets of Nylet sails and a 4'x3' road trailer used to bring it to the lake!  As I had a Mini Clubman at the time, the trailer was sort of vital. The trailer had been built by "the lads in the workshop" from a welded angle iron frame, Indespension units and tongue and grooved  wood painted externally and varnished internally.  It was probably better built than the A class actually!  Unfortunately, the trailer is long gone !!

    I do intend to get her sailing again, as IMHO , no class of model yacht looks so majestic when set up and sailing properly, although I may have to join a gym and get into training so that I can lift her into the water

  13. On 09/09/2019 at 09:13, stevevw said:


    Have you sailed your revival yet? I am hoping to get to Two Islands on the 5th Oct will you be there?



    Hi Steve,

    The  Revival is a long way off sailing at present.  It has been on the back burner of late. The Tern is just about there though. My plan was to sneak over to Hollowell and have a quiet trial sail before its "public" unveiling but a rather silly accident at home this week end means that may have to be slightly postponed.  Have to admit to being tempted by one of the 2 Rococo 's being advertised on the 6 metre site at present though. Would like to enter the Two Islands series this year although my large grey friend here will still be around for the first leg (no pun intended) of that😄


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