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  2. Trevor Have a look at Potter Solutions Ltd. He supplies a range of Aluminium stands to suit different class's of yachts. Eric
  3. Darin Not convinced this still happens. I've tried this a few times in an attempt to find location of poster's selling items and could not find a real identity. Please check some recent members as I think this has possible occurred since the forum update. Please let me know the result. Eric
  4. Michael Just had a look at boats for sale and the Italico if not sold could make a good starter boat for the class, Any Sailsetc yacht well setup will be a good choice, most if not all are good light air performing boats and also seem to tack well. Which from your lake description would seem to be main requirements. Eric
  5. Michael The Krcar was a development of the Oscar, both designs from Peter Wiles PJ sails. The Krcar was produced to improve the higher wind speed performance of the boat by enabling the rig to sit lower. (Skiff type deck rather than flat) From memory the Oscar was a good light wind performer so the Krcar should also be good in those conditions as the hull was of the same design. (Shape) If you look on PJ sails web site the two designs are in the catalogue. As Richard pointed out the main considerations for performance is the sail/rig condition followed by fin quality. The sails are relatively easy upgrade, the mast is important for performance also relatively easy to change, the fin is not an easy upgrade. Why not give Peter Wiles a ring and ask him about the designs strengths and weakness, he has always been helpful when I have contacted him. As Richard said do let us know what is your final choice. Eric
  6. Mike, try contacting David Creed as I believe in the earlier days of the Robot IOM he was the original equipment supplier for both the fin and rudder. These items were also fitted to earlier Robot Yachts Britpop's . David does not have a Web Site, his phone number can be found be googling his name.
  7. Don't only look at the classes sailed at your proposed club but also what class is best supported by the local District. I suspect the answer to the District support will come down in favour of the IOM. If this is the case I would definitely choose the IOM as it would give you greater opportunities to race. Also a good quality IOM bought secondhand will retain it's resale value if maintained well. This enables you to upgrade with minimal financial loss. As you have by now guessed the IOM would be my choice. Eric
  8. Eric Finley

    What is It

    Paul The idea of the tube is to maximise the length of the line that is the number 1 suit swivel. Barry has used this trick on previous designs like the Psycho that I sail. This swivel tube is also used on a large number of Sailsetc hull designs. It should not leak if not sealed, all of the yachts I have seen using this have had the hole taped while racing. My own boat was Barry's boat and when purchased was taped so if the designer sealed the hole who are we to disagree. Eric
  9. Dave Regards midlands district web site the weebly one is the district site unless things have changed recently. There is the new IOM midland web site which was announced at the district agm. The district site supposedly will direct you to the new IOM site which has been setup for the Midland District IOM events. (Dates, entry, results etc) Therefore if you want Midland District Champion Skipper & Club Series info try:- https://iommdcs.wordpress.com/ Eric
  10. Garry At least you know about these Motions for discussion at the AGM. I know I have not seen our club secretary for sometime so no doubt will catch up on this soon. However we have both a web site and this forum for communication in the absence of a magazine (which we all paid for this year) so surely these proposals should have been communicated to the great unwashed, the membership electronically. Rant over about lack of communication from the top. Call me an old cynic but the changes proposed on Personal Sail numbers, Boat registration new and ownership change would appear to be ways of separating members from their hard earned cash, just surprised at the proposal to not charge for a PSN. If this is a serious proposal it would be a very good reason to go with class associations rather than MYA over seeing/running yacht classes. As the Class registrars are volunteers and request stamped addressed envelops what costs are incurred by the MYA in registering new boats or changes of ownership? As a personal sail number is not necessary to race but registration is the cost of PSN is an optional extra not a requirement. The main cost I would presume is that incurred by the measurers of the various classes, and I think in a lot of cases costs are incurred by the clubs for measuring tanks for IOM's. Is it the intention to recompense the clubs from the monies collected if these proposals are approved? Also don't we need to encourage owners of boats to maintain registration as I believe the number of registered owners can affect the number of votes on matters at international level. If a charge is made to re-register a boat how many Skippers who only race at their own club will be tempted not to register a boat in their own name? Garry like yourself I would welcome details on any proposals for the AGM not only these to be published in detail. Also like yourself I cannot understand a vote after discussion when how a representative votes is predetermined by the club membership before the AGM. Eric
  11. Dave Check out the racing calendar on the main Web site and you will see this event is now on Saturday 17th Sept at Manor Park as all events at Watermead are cancelled because of the building work. (Don't think it is open to enter as yet) Eric
  12. Eric Finley

    Buying a yacht

    Hi JAD57 I think you need to know first off to what level you want this boat to take you, local, regional or national. This will dictate a likely expenditure. If it is for local use only the water conditions you sail in could change the designs you look at. If cost is not a limiting factor you cannot go wrong with a Britpop, V9, Vision or Mojo (others are available). The issue is that to buy any of these designs new there are waiting lists, so you would need to check with the builders. If you order a new boat don't forget to order preferred sails as there is also waiting lists for these. If you are looking for a second hand boat this forum is good or you need to keep your ears open locally as to who is buying a new boat as their current boat will normally be up for grabs. Eric
  13. Following on from my previous posting in the events section, confirming that the above listed event is not being run under the MYA umbrella. This makes me ask the question of why the MYA web page space has been apparently been given to advertise what appears to be a commercially run event? This event would seem to be promoting the sale of not only the recognised DF65 but also of the new product of the sponsors. This is a design that does not comply with any recognised MYA class rules. I am not convinced that this space would have been afforded to any of the IOM production companies if they tried to run an event only for their own designs. Can anyone clarify this for me?
  14. Can someone tell me if this event is running under the MYA umbrella? (Organizing Authority Dragonforce UK Class Association, managed by West Lancs Yacht Club, Sponsored by Joysway) You look at the Dragonfest Web site and the MYA is mentioned in various areas, however the entry requirements don't mention MYA membership required. The reason I ask is that on entry the Skipper has to confirm that he has two million pounds of third party insurance cover. If this event is MYA sanctioned all Skippers will need to be MYA members (or affiliated to a national body if an overseas Skipper) to be eligible, therefore covered by the MYA insurance policy I presume. If non members are allowed to enter surely this insurance will be void.
  15. Quick Twist tool delivered in 4 days from ordering from Wheelspin Models by Royal Mail.
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