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Eric Finley

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  1. Component Shop do a very good replacement winch to replace old Whirlwind & Futaba Sail Winches. It is a KING MAX winch at approximately £28. I have used this Winch in both an IOM & Marblehead Yacht with fairly good reliability. (destroyed one by leaving switched on pulling against a locked up system, my fault not the winches) It is a standard size servo case 40mm x 20mm. and has better torque (14.5 Kg/cm @ 6v) than either of the two it replaces, the case is aluminium to act as a heat sink to aid cooling. For £6-50 Component Shop do an aluminium drum to suit the winch which I found a
  2. What Winch were you using?
  3. The cheap and cheerful solution I have used in the past is to print the number on paper in the desired font and then cut to the required size and attach to the hull with clear packaging tape. Virtually zero cost and stands out as you can always print on coloured paper to suit hull.
  4. Darin The green device is a 3D model of the bender that Dave Alston had made, The other is the one I made, after trials I moved the wheels closer together (Advantage of the construction as wheel position is easily adjustable). By having them closer found it easier to control amount of bend and position on the mast of the bend.
  5. Rob Why don't you try to get in touch with Richard? He is a MYA member in the South West, I had a look at the Membership lists and it appears his Club is Dartmoor so I would start there. If the designer is still around no better place to start for advice. Eric
  6. Geoff I'm sure you have already Googled this design but I found this on a site. If you load you can blow up the various photo's just by hovering over the picture. They may be enough pictures to give a good idea of rigging .https://www.pondyachtantiques.co.uk/product-page/albatross-games-industries-pond-yacht-125 Hope this is of some help.
  7. 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).
  8. Ian I know obvious but forgot to say the welding rod/wire is for stainless steel construction purposes. (Hence stainless wire) Eric
  9. 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
  10. 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 r
  11. 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
  12. This winch is available on MX Components web site (https://www.mxcomponents.com/it/6-winches-drums) listed at 126 Euro.
  13. Eric Finley

    MX 16 Set Up

    Nigel Hope this is what you are after Eric MX16 rigging Guide.pdf
  14. 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
  15. Anthony Have a look at this:- Regards Eric
  16. Anthony Have a look at https://dawsong8.wixsite.com/jgsails. This gives information on putting an IOM rig together. Eric
  17. Trevor Have a look at Potter Solutions Ltd. He supplies a range of Aluminium stands to suit different class's of yachts. Eric
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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 o
  25. 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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