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Eric Finley

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  1. Charles, the obvious answer is purchase from sail makers (Sailsetc or BG for example). I however purchased coloured ripstop material in green and pink off ebay/local market which I cut into strips, the only issue with this approach is because of order quantities I can supply all our club members for many years (all for about £10 if my memory serves). I previously used pieces of cassette recording tape, the only problem with these was when wet they could stick to the sails and as same colour both sides of sail sometimes confusing. (If you crumple the tape slightly less of an issue). I fit my tell tales same as race numbers, higher on starboard side. To attach either use small piece of deck patch material or not so good but works pvc electrical insulating tape. (be very careful not to use to big a piece of either) Eric
  2. Ian I know obvious but forgot to say the welding rod/wire is for stainless steel construction purposes. (Hence stainless wire) Eric
  3. Hi Ian I use TIG welding filler wire as this is straight. However you could equally use MIG welding wire off a roll. I also use this wire to make hooks etc. for rigging purposes. If you have a fabrication company locally you may be able to obtain a couple of rods or a length cut off a roll. If you try to buy this from a welding supplier it is usually sold by the Kilo. (I have found 1mm, 1.2mm & 1.6mm cover most needs) If you contact Housemartin sails I bought some from them in the past, I also think you will obtain some from Sailsetc. (Other RC suppliers do exist) Hope this helps Eric
  4. I have used the version of the King Max winch sold by Component Shop (link https://www.componentshop.co.uk/61g-digital-sail-winch-servo-6-turn-programmable.html?___SID=U }. as a replacement for both whirlwind and Eurgle winches with success in both IOM and Marblehead yachts. I set the number of turns on my radio's end point adjust. this needs to be set accurately as I did manage to burn out one winch when the boat was on the bank, I left the winch turned on and it was pulling against a locked pulley line system, my fault for the failure not the winches. Other than that the winch has operated reliably. It cannot compete against a RMG for performance but is at least a 1/5th of the cost and half the weight. The only issue is a badly fitting winch drum, it works but not the best. I have subsequently used drums from defunct Eurgle's which now appear to have disappeared from the market. The speed of the winch does make gybing when running more difficult but no different to a Whirlwind. There is a version of the King Max winch available from Hobby King which has less available torque but faster rotation, I have intended to try one in an IOM but fitted Eurgle refused to die and the boat has now been laid up as current boat has a RMG. fitted. ( I have one of these winches in my spares box for future trial.) Hope this helps.
  5. Steve Just been on MX web site and the winch is near the bottom of page (No photo} click on this and photo available and spec. (https://www.mxcomponents.com/it/winches-drums/346-servo-vsd-22-ayamb-hv.html) This should be direct link to page. Eric
  6. This winch is available on MX Components web site (https://www.mxcomponents.com/it/6-winches-drums) listed at 126 Euro.
  7. Eric Finley

    MX 16 Set Up

    Nigel Hope this is what you are after Eric MX16 rigging Guide.pdf
  8. Anthony On a roll, have a look at the downloadable documents here:- www.aa-parts.com/en/ (sorry could not get hyperlink to work) Gives a lot of information as well as a range of drilling for masts, varying shroud and spreader heights etc. Hope of use to you & not overload of info. Eric
  9. Anthony Have a look at this:- Regards Eric
  10. Anthony Have a look at https://dawsong8.wixsite.com/jgsails. This gives information on putting an IOM rig together. Eric
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  12. Trevor Have a look at Potter Solutions Ltd. He supplies a range of Aluminium stands to suit different class's of yachts. Eric
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
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    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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
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    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
  22. Quick Twist tool delivered in 4 days from ordering from Wheelspin Models by Royal Mail.
  23. Recently ordered one from Wheelspin Models will let you know when delivered. Down side is there is postage of over £3 on this so looking at a total of just short of £19 all in.
  24. Hi Keith There is the obvious Fox and Hounds, select a Skipper to be the fox (usually first race one of your novice's, subsequently Skipper who finishes last in the previous race) No boat allowed to cross line before the Fox (if they do so it's round the end for them) once the Fox has started race the course as usual. This takes away the pressure of starting from usually the least experienced and if they can force any faster boats over the line a good distance on the beat for them to catch up. If enough skipper's the other thing to do is as suggested team racing, this encourages the top skipper in the team to assist his less experienced partners in going faster either by yacht setup or improved tactics. The top Skipper can also influence the result by tactical sailing using the rules to slow other teams thus it also can be instructional and cause some discussion on the bank. (Allow the Skipper's to give outside assistance during the race within teams). Not tried it but it could be interesting to allow the swapping of yachts within teams, could end up with fastest Skipper sailing slowest boat, if this happens I expect the faster Skipper will firstly improve yacht setup but also come up with a plan to improve the boats performance long term. Eric
  25. Hi Like Garry I suspect most of us thought that the vote was to make the existing plate gooseneck's compliant and not to basically rule them out.Because the emergency ruling was made to allow the use of them at the last World's and the change that was voted for seemed just to want to ratify that situation for the future. It is most disappointing that we now seem to be in a bigger mess than before, I cannot believe the original intention of the rule clarification (LOL) was to overnight make so many rigs non-compliant. I can understand the rule makers wanting to ensure this design was not developed/enlarged but what happened to common sense!! Oh I forgot we are talking about a technical committee and not a ruling body who may give a fig about it's skippers interests (who have both money and time invested in their equipment). Before anyone asks my own rigs do not use a plate type gooseneck so in theory I have most to lose in lack of performance!! I'm not too bothered about the how should the rules been interpreted before the ruling, but as these goosenecks seemed to have been deemed legal at some point in the past either by measurer's or the rule maker's why the sudden knee jerk reaction as I seem to remember them being on the market when I started sailing a few years back at least three World's since. In other words who decided they were not compliant and if that is the case either just come out and ban them or declare them compliant with restrictions if needed to stop further development. We can argue / discuss till the cows come home it will make no difference unless we can petition the governing body to rethink it's decision/intentions and by then a lot of the rigs will be modified.
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