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  1. Thanks Chris your suggestion is very helpful
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  3. We have a really good problem at the www.CotswoldModelYachtclub.co.uk because we've seen very significant growth in the last year and we now face the problem of having a fleet where we have 15 boats on the startline. If we get much bigger we will be knocking on 18-20 in a few months. My question is how should we best manage the fleet. It's a bi weekly fleet of 'small boats' comprising 10+ DF65 with a few affinity and one 3d printed RG65. I've looked at HMS but it seems too complicated and doesn't seem to work for a series where people drop in and drop out. We've heard of people splitting the fleet into A and B fleets and promoting boats from one fleet to another at the end of the year or even monthly. So open to ideas please.
  4. I've heard from a couple of recent visitors to our lake that there may be a few vintage model sailing enthusiasts looking for good places to sail. At the Cotswold Model Yacht Club we have a great lake with almost unimpeded wind from every direction. We have access to a slipway so launching models from trailers and trolleys isn't a problem. If you'd like to visit please use the contact form on the www.cotswoldmodelyachtclub.co.uk or visit the club's Facebook page and send us a message. We can sail almost any day of the week although Sundays we'd need to ask our hosts.
  5. Cotswold Model Yacht Club could be a suitable venue.
  6. Repaired winch on its way back. Motor and pot replaced. Old switch is toast so new one on order. Progress is being made. Just need to check hull thoroughly for historical hairline cracks. Any ideas how to find them. Wondered about using a dye? Paul
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    Wood supplier?

    Hi Steve how is the build going - any pictures paul
  8. Story so far. Day 1 The Rx and rudder servo and LiFe battery are removed and disposed of. Rudder servo powered on but was clearly seized. LiFe battery was showing signs of corrosion on main connectors and balance plug. The RX was seriously corroded. The Rudder linkage was damaged at some time and has been removed. New Futaba rudder servo fitted and tested. Radio pot removed and recess cleaned up RMG Smart switch and RMG 280 ES winch removed and returned for service (dried out but not powered up). Will be interested to see how the so called waterproof switch has suffered being submerged for 72 hours. All deck patches removed and hull cleaned ready for reapplication. Boat hull and internals inspected and cleaned ready for reassembly. keel checked and stored B rig was on the boat when it sank and the ball-raced gooseneck was showing signs of corrosion and was feeling rough when rotated. Disassembled and regreased with silicone grease. Gooseneck is noted for replacement in due course. The intention is to fit lightweight grp patches to all foredeck openings which will necessitate fitting small landing pads at the corners and midway along long sides. I've ordered 0.5mm grp sheets to facilitate this. Once they are shaped and landings fitted these will be covered with new deck patches and stuck down. I anticipate the weight penalty will be about 50 grams but the confidence will be well worth it.
  9. Thanks Darin, I'll see if we can do a small scale trial. Paul
  10. On the plus side a metre of weed cushioned my IOM ASBO that recently sank at the Cotswold Model Yacht Club lake. The downside is that its formed a 1m deep layer at the bottom of our lake and thats in winter. The CSC dye the lake in spring and summer but we have to find a way to control this weed. Has anyone tried using a thick plastic sheet, weighted down with paving slabs to stop the light getting to the site of the weed growth. Our lake is relatively shallow and flat and it might work. Anyone tried it?
  11. A quick update. The ASBO has surfaced with some help from the marvelous Cotswold Model Yacht Club members (Barry Trueman and Garry Stevenson in particular), Swindon Sub Aqua Club divers (x2). Thanks to the outstanding build quality and design from Barry Chisam the hull appears to be in good condition. The electrics and electronics are less good and will need a complete overhaul. What is clear is that the yellow #8 will sail again. Thanks too go to the myriad people, MYA members, Builders, Designers and fellow IOM sailors all over the world who have offered and given great support and its clear to me that this sailing community is more about family than winning: OK on the water winning might take pride of place but off the water its a great team. Simon Clarke deserves a special mention for lending me one of his spare boats and I'm most grateful to him. I've started to look for a new boat in any case and have several feelers out for a replacement. Of note the divers from Swindon Sub Aqua Club are happy to assist with diving lead recovery of boats and are prepared to travel upto 45 minutes from Swindon to assist. I can't recommend them highly enough. I'll put up so pictures of the recovery in due course in a separate thread. Also I'll make the repair/restoration of the boat a separate thread to encourage any readers. The winch will need some TLC and the remainder of the system will be replaced. All in all a tough day at the lake but one with a happy ending. Why not come and visit us at the lake and I promise to keep my boat on the water not under it.
  12. we are looking at all sorts of options. My insurance looks like it might payout. I can't get over the feeling of watching a great boat take a nose dive and not come up. Its in about 12-15ft of water but 2 hours of searching today didn't find any trace of it. The sad thing is that I'd just got it going really well after 15 hours on the water in just a week. There is no substitute for time on the water. The guys at the club were fantastic and the offers of help are really positive. We will find it and get it back just not sure when. By the way what is the Fraktal like as a boat? Warm Regards Paul PS the good mast and sails were in my car
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    Oops my boat sunk

    Hi I've been sailing a Barry Chisam boat an ASBO mk1 which, in heavy winds, nosedived and probably blew in a deck patch and sank like a stone. There is a lesson there. I'm after a replacement boat and wondered what would be a similar boat. I've seen a Fraktal on sale on the classified section but don't know what they are like. All help welcome.
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    IOM Build

    My email is Paul@pabarton.com
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    Wood supplier?

    Give Barry Biddlecombe cedarstripco@icloud.com they are very good.
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    IOM Build

    If possible I'd leave the hull in the jig to fit the deck. The hull will twist a lot out of the jig.
  17. We are pleased to announce that the new Cotswold Model Yacht Club website is now up and running at http://www.cotswoldmodelyachtclub.co.uk and we are pleased to report that regular sailing is now taking place, at the moment, on wednesdays and Tuesdays. For more details please go to http://www.cotswoldmodelyachtclub.co.uk/calendarcotswold-model-yacht-club-calendar/. We are currently racing IOMs and RG65 but seeing lots of different types of boats. All are welcome
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    What is It

    Ok should it be blocked at the bottom with tape?
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    What is It

    Hi Barry You might be pleased to know that I've just upgraded to an ASBO, the sea scamp is very nearly dead and leaks like a sieve, not sure of the hull number but very pleased so far. There is a small circular hole in the hull under the bow - not sure why. Any advice welcome.
  20. I'd just like to thank the members of the Cotswold Model Yacht Club who have made me so welcome and shown me the ropes. I'm a rank beginner but have just upgraded to an ASBO form my 30 years old Sea Scamp. Thank you everyone for being so helpful. By the way the turnout week by week at the sailing club ahs been growing and we regularly see over a dozen boats on the water each week and having some great sailing.
  21. Thank you everyone. I've just had my first day sailing an IOM. Five hours of light hearted sailing with some great guys from Gloucester and the local club. Just to clarify the Gloucester club have joined the Cotswolds club to get a better sailing venue. Their club is still very active and well. They are a great bunch and made me very welcome. Paul
  22. Self tensioning drum retrofit to titan tornado winch. Just wondered if anyone has tried retrofitting a self tensioning drum from s290 es to an ordinary sail control winch. Paul
  23. How does your Alternative boat go. I'm just about to start building one. How did you build?
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    What is It

    Got the boat on the water for the first time for many years and it did reasonably well but clearly showed how modern IOM design has progressed. Even in the hands of an experienced skipper, Vs my inexperience, it was sailing noticeably slower, especially down wind. Upwind it wasn't obviously that much slower. Needless to say a newer boat is looking very attractive. Quite what to aim for is less obvious. The sea scamp is probably best left in the museum.
  25. Thank you Colin have just sent them my registration so should be sailing in about 2 weeks. I've just spoken to secretary who reports that the club has seen a large influx of members from Gloucester as thier club effectively lost thier sailing venue.
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