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John Bennett

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  1. I've used transmitter muffs for model flying and now sailing for over 40 years, in all weathers, Catsails and many other companies do them, much warmer than useable gloves in my opinion :-)
  2. The winch is also a servo.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. Look at my yacht on friday, it has some elastic in parallel with the topping lift to take up the slack in a gust.
  6. 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 :-)
  7. Sounds like amazingly poor sportsmanship by the protester :-)
  8. 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.
  9. 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 :-)
  10. 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 :-)
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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 ?
  14. I posted a link above, repeated here , second row of batteries: https://www.vapextech.co.uk/batteries/radio-control/6v-6-6v/
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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"
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Now that is what I call useful, thanks very much John
  21. 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
  22. After my Marblehead was recently run over by a car I found it quite difficult to find places to get it repaired, so this post might be useful to others. The last five inches of my Paradox stern was crushed under the rear wheels of the car of a fellow club member, with a crack extending ten inches up the hull. I kept all the crunched up pieces of carbon and proceeded to find someone to fix it. Anyway to cut a long story short, it has been excellently repaired and I would highly recommend a chat to the guy who did it for anyone in a similar position. Contact details are: Al McMeekin +447956-282-946 See his website at: http://www.radioyachts.co.uk/about-us.html
  23. I use the "Instant" AA and AAA Nimh batteries in both my moulded gliders and now my IOM and Marblehead yachts. Available in ready made packs, or individual cells, from: http://www.vapextech.co.uk/
  24. I bought an old yacht a couple of months ago where one of the sails was quite mouldy and I thought I might have to buy a new sail for it. I tried cleaning it with various things (polish, window cleaner) to no avail. However, my wife had just bought some bathroom mould removal spray, so I laid out the sail on a table, sprayed on the fluid, spread it over the sails with kitchen paper to make sure all parts were wet, waited a couple of minutes, then wiped it off again with more kitchen paper. Then I took it outside and sprayed the whole sail with water to remove any remaining fluid, and let it dry. The results were excellent, a virtually clean sail for no additional expense Please take care of the precautions for good ventilation though. cheers, John
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