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  1. Thanks for the info everybody. I'll go for the Ebay item and see how I get on.
  2. Hi Could anyone suggest a source of stick on numbers so I can neatly put GBR**** on my hull, please? At a sensible price I might add!
  3. Thanks for posting this. We've had some ideas posted here as to how racing might safely resume. The more the better. Bit like an online brainstorming session.
  4. Thanks Phil. There will be some ideas in this thread that will be useful that's for sure.
  5. I started this thread because nobody else had mentioned anything about plans for racing in the future, which frankly I found surprising. I tentatively lobbed in a few observations. As well as being a novice Club racer I am a long serving Committee member of an rc flying club. We have been circulating a document among the Committee members for several weeks now which is steadily being discussed and improved. This will be the blueprint for safe operation of our flying activities when the virus outbreak has been controlled. If a vaccine is not found we shall have to wait until other government
  6. Thinking ahead to when the CV crisis begins to unwind eventually it might be a good idea to start making plans as to how racing can be conducted. Clearly the old normality isn’t going to come back for quite some time, maybe even years. So a modified approach will be necessary. It seems unlikely that herds of sailors walking up and down the bank together is going to be allowed. Control will have to be from fixed positions at least 2 metres apart. Courses will have to be set so all marks are visible from any position. The use of heats will likely become more prevalent to reduce lakeside n
  7. Thanks for the information Barry & Eric. I'm buying from Housemartin right now so I'll ask Martin if he has some wire. Barry are you the designer of the PSYCHO? If so you could sell the lines to home builders like Frank Russell does.
  8. I am currently building a 'woodie' version of the Ellipsis and will soon get to the stage of fitting out the deck eyes for the sheeting etc.. I notice that deck eyes seem to be made from 1.6mm stainless wire. I can source piano wire as used by RC Plane builders etc but I would imagine it would rust very quickly. What have other builders used? Help will be appreciated, thanks.
  9. Unless there is a sailor who is a solicitor or who works for a debt collection company this probably isn't the best place to ask for advice. However, before you do anything else you could try https://www.nationaldebtline.org/EW/Pages/default.aspx This is a free service for people in your situation. No warranty given on this reply!
  10. You might get a yacht in a Boxer when the hood is down. Whenever I go sailing it always seems to rain and that might be a problem. Incidentally, Porsches are for those that have deep pockets - I have recently sold my 981 Cayman at 24000 miles as I just got too nervous about the cost of repairs. New steering racks at £4000 anyone? Ian
  11. I've not got a DX6i but so I can't check but there should be a throttle curve function. This enables you to change the response at varying points as the stick moves relative to the servo. If you imagine the normal response of an ic engine to throttle input, a lot happens in the first small movements of the control. As the control is moved the response is diminishes. Think of driving your car. This is exactly the opposite response you need when pulling in the sails. You need a lot to happen quickly at first and then some fine control as they near the centre line. You can tinker with the curve o
  12. If the servo is set up so that 100% of the stick movement coincides with the total desired movement of the controlled surface you will be able to make a fine adjustment to the end point. The DX6i has the facility for exponential which can soften the immediate response of the servo - useful to prevent overshooting when making turns, Try 30% on your rudder. On the left stick you can use the throttle curve to make the stick less sensitive as the sails are pulled in. This makes it easier to control the last 10 degrees of movement of the sails to finely tune them when heading into the wind. I would
  13. Dave's website is a bit of a puzzle. The only way I could find to get in touch with him was by looking carefully at the pictures of his products. His phone number is on a label is incidentally pictured there! Great cradle - the best!
  14. Perhaps I should add to Brad's comments that you should be confident that your oven can accurately maintain a low temperature if you attempt to do this. Anything higher than 50 deg, C could result in dangerous melting or emission of fumes. A professional oven is clearly better for this job. I suppose the downside of having a properly cured fin is that you've no chance of bending it back if it gets misshapen!
  15. After advice from Phillip (who was very helpful) I put the fin and bulb in our Neff fan oven at 50 degrees for 20 minutes. Using a large adjustable spanner to grip the top of the fin I applied a gentle opposite twist on the bulb. I then kept the pressure on and let it cool naturally by taking it outside where the temperature was about 3 degrees. This resulted in a correction of about .75 of a degree. After repeating this process twice more the fin is now perfectly aligned. I can imagine that leaving a yacht in a hot conservatory could result in a twist so to avoid this remove the fin and keep
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