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John Bennett

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  1. Thanks Mike. Nice to see someone else agreeing with my system of discards "Using the 'half the number of events in a series plus one' calculation" (rounded down where necessary)
  2. I would say no. When the behind boat has got back on track at similar speed to before the collision then it is no longer disadvantaged compared to the ahead boat.
  3. Look at my yacht on friday, it has some elastic in parallel with the topping lift to take up the slack in a gust.
  4. Everybody forgets the course at some time. A did not impinge on B in any way, and had already sailed further than required. B would not have been thinking "by going to a hearing, everybody may learn", when he protested, more likely "I can gain an advantage here" by protesting. Perfectly within his rights to protest BUT in this particular case I think it remains bad sportsmanship if he had pressed his point :-)
  5. Sounds like amazingly poor sportsmanship by the protester :-)
  6. Put a very slightly soapy solution on the deck first then you can slide the patch around and get it in the right position with no wrinkles etc, then leave to dry for a day before use.
  7. Laurie, it all depends on where you sail, and who you sail with. If you sail somewhere there hardly ever has strong winds OR nobody else has a C rig then I why bother buying a C rig ! I only bought a C rig as I entered the DF95 Nationals and I didn't want to turn up for a very windy weekend with travel and hotel costs and not be able to sail. Was it windy ? No. Have I used the C rig yet ? No . Does anyone else in the two clubs I sail at have a C rig ? unlikely. On the other matters raised above, the great thing about the DF65 and DF95 is that we all have the same boat. With both my clubs having members who started getting IOM Britpops, and now a Marblehead Grunge, it starts a bit of an "arms race" and there is no doubt that using boats such as these does give an advantage (other things being equal) over your average secondhand IOM or Marblehead. It's all good fun though :-)
  8. Leaky 95 ? I presume you also realised that the keel box area is fully sealed off from the inside of hull and therefore can not be a source of a leak - if you mean there is water getting into the hull itself :-)
  9. Hi Michael, I reckon I get less friction, and certainly less trouble, with my Marblehead that does NOT have a ball race on the swing rig. See you at the pond one day
  10. Thanks very much for the reply Bill, message understood. If I can get hold of one I certainly would like to try it, we previously had a couple of guys in our club that used to beat us with shroudless, but the are/were very good sailors.
  11. I have a Starkers cubed with a swing "A" rig, but enjoyed sailing with the shroudless "B" rig in windier conditions, would a shroudless "A" rig work ok on the Starkers ? Do you have any recomendations ?
  12. I posted a link above, repeated here , second row of batteries: https://www.vapextech.co.uk/batteries/radio-control/6v-6-6v/
  13. Contact Vapextech.co.uk as they generally will make up a pack for your connection.. https://www.vapextech.co.uk/batteries/radio-control/6v-6-6v/ Cheers, JohnB
  14. Some radios are classed as "Park flyer", in my experience they often have trouble at distance and with carbon in particular. Remember it is only the last 31mm of rx aerial that matters, and that should be straight Make sure you haven't got other sailors standing between your and your boat if you are having trouble. In fact anything in the way of line of sight reduces range. Stand as high as possible or hold the tx up high if you are having trouble Make sure your tx aerial is parallel to the rx aerial, this is best for the signal Try to get the rx aerial vertical in the boat to allow best reception. If aerial under the deck then just under deck patching is better than in pot with battery, or under hard decking Try to get the rx aerial above the deck, ideally several inches and with 2 at right angles Try to use rx with 2 aerials and have them at right angles to each other Add a "satellite" rx to give more aerials Use longer aerials on your rx so you can position well, many rxs have aerial lead with a connector so can be (carefully) replaced with a longer one.
  15. AUX 1 or channel 6 is usually used for DUAL Aileron Wing Type or Flap and so must be enable in the programming menu.Go into WING TYPE mixing and Enable or Activate DUALAILE and you will then have the AUX1 or channel 6 function properly. OR you can use Ch6/AUX1 for 2-position flaps operated by the Flap switch on the front of the Tx by setting up values in "Flap" under the Adjust list. If you don't set these up nothing happens when you use that switch. Lots of stuff online, search for "DX61 aux"
  16. Hi, It's to do with your registered/measured boat number, use the last two or three digits.
  17. Hi, thanks. It is all set up and working but it is the 'how to use it' that I'm missing. It looks like there is a Sailsetc doc on this too but it will not open. No one in our club uses one and I know some of the experts just lock it off with a tie wrap as they haven't got the hang of it either. If someone could just tell me if it is basically to be able to make everything tighter when beating OR is it to make everything looser when not sheeted fully in ? then I would be wiser. Cheers, John
  18. I have bought a secondhand Marblehead that came with a swing rig fitted with what appears to be a Sailsetc Gizmo. It is all fitted and working ... However, I can't find any information online to do with how to set it up lakeside or what the benefits are meant to be. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be most grateful
  19. Now that is what I call useful, thanks very much John
  20. As I am currently looking for a lighter jib boom would it be possible to be more specific on the "Easton arrow shaft", there seem to be a lot of different ones available ? Regards, John
  21. I would also like to thank for the running commentary of the Nats progress, it was good to follow, thanks
  22. ... and are you inserting the battery plug the right way round into the receiver ?
  23. What is your receiver make and model number ? Does your battery go straight to your receiver, or to the winch ? I wish you lived closer !
  24. Looks like you have found your problem. Re 30C discharge Lets say your Lipo is 1000mAh. 1 C discharge would mean you could discharge it at 1000mA (which is 1amp) Thus 30C means you can discharge it at 30 x 1000mA, which is 30,000mA, which is 30Amps. You are unlikely to actually need more than 10 amps discharge, more likely less than 5 amps even. Re 2C charge Lets say again that your Lipo is 1000mAh. 1C means that you can charge it at 1 x 1000mA = 1000mA (1 amp) and it will take about 1 hour 2C means you can charge it at 2 x 1000mA = 2000mA (2amp) and it will take about half an hour If you let an individual Lipo cell go below 3.3v then it may puff up, or set itself on fire, same if they go above 4.2v, or if you puncture them. Tread carefully.
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