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John Hanton

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  1. Hello, These look very like my mystery 6, now classified on the certificate as "Unknown", latest picture is of No47 on the 2017 Shearwater Cup report. Would have gone with Panther but mine is 1484mm LOA and weighs 11.9kg, worth getting on the water as they seem to go pretty well. Best wishes, John
  2. Unpopular view perhaps but probably a fair compromise, the original rule interpretation made them illegal, the approved rule change means they don't have to be replaced just trimmed to size. John
  3. Hi Dave, I am not a measurer but your very clear diagram looks to be correct according to how the rule has been explained to me, regards, John
  4. Hi Stephen, Welcome to radio sailing, unfortunately cannot speak for Spektrum, no doubt someone who has one will comment but most of the transmitters I have had apart use the same stick units left and right so it would only require swapping the parts from one side to the other, on my kit if I wanted rudder/winch control swapped I would change over the receiver plugs. I guess with these modern all singing sets you may not get some of the dual rate or other tweaks on the correct channel but there might be an easier way of switching it all around. Don't think any of this is stupidly naïve there must be other Left handers about. No one needs the extra channel of the DX6i, I and many others manage with 2 but I believe there are more options to vary how much rudder/winch travel you get in relation to stick movement on the DX6i. Good Sailing, John
  5. R6M is now measured and sailing, recorded on the certificate as unknown because it's measurements did not match the Panther or anything else. Being regularly beaten by the Ravennas at present - were plans ever available for them or could hulls only be purchased from licenced builders? John.
  6. Hi Graham, Are you perhaps meaning Luff Wire in the sail? If this is the case then yes, mast rings or ties are still used, as far as I know there is no max or min but my sails have been delivered with the necessary holes in place, three I believe one at each panel joint. regards, John
  7. Hi David, as far as I know regatta winches are around the same size as the whirlwinds, plenty of both used in club racing around the country, if you are developing the ultimate speed machine whilst refurbishing / replacing you may want to bite the bullet and adapt it now for an RMG.... other speedy winches are available!!! regards, John.
  8. Not sure I understand, what is there to prove? where would be the advantage even above the pack at the favoured end to sail the wrong side of the start mark and be called back? We happily call someone OCS, call for contact with a mark or other boat but are unable to tell them they have not started correctly. Are there further repercussions of this? Does a boat which has not started have the same rights as those that have?
  9. Another issue of rules built around full size racing being applied to our sport, in full size it would not be considered that anyone could pass the wrong side of a start mark and not know it. Why would we wish this to happen, have a fellow competitor sail the race and then be advised they didn't start, are we that keen to gain an extra place? A competitor called over has to go back and re-start and so would someone called who missed the limit mark, surely a fairer situation than knowingly letting them think they have started when they haven't. As with other discussions of this type I believe more allowance has to be made for the fact that we sail remote from our boats and lack the visual advantages of our full size colleagues.
  10. Thanks Val, A friend has confirmed:- My notes on the JR Regatta B.Nr 5172 were obtained by trial and error:- Winch to operate when battery is connected to Winch requires the Switch to short red to orange, to switch the winch off the switch connects red to brown. Winch to operate when battery is connected to Receiver requires the Switch to short red to brown, to switch the winch off the switch connects red to orange. So in my configuration with battery to winch I solder red to orange and unplug the battery to switch the system off. No problem with the switch in situ but if it's removed the appropriate wires have to be joined for the chosen supply. Good luck with the Mixing, John.
  11. Well done Val, glad you got them working, pretty sure the Regatta's I looked at only had one three core switch wire, perhaps someone could post switch bypass diagram/s, does seem that something that ought to be simple is a bit trickier. regards, John.
  12. Thanks John / Gordon, so if as above, Port Hand Rounding, Boats on Port, the Outside Boat is ROW and is responsible if he makes the wrong approach and the inside boats hits / misses the mark but if approaching the same situation, Boats on Starboard, the inside boat is ROW and, as long as outside has kept clear, is responsible for hitting/missing the mark themselves. It is always the ROW boat which needs second sight in judging the distance. It's hard enough getting myself round such a mark! Happy New Year, John
  13. Thanks Dave, if it's not an issue probably a good idea to run the regatta BEC in tandem on a large installation and the low volts current output is vey low. The faulty ones I have are in the hands of someone who can see SMD components but even he is having trouble finding how the battery volts get to the regulator and motor fets, they have no power switches but there is an extra three core lead with two wires soldered together and one insulated which is probably where a switch may have been installed. Have yet to find any wiring information or diagrams seems the manuacturers have managed to keep it all pretty secret. regards, John
  14. Thanks John, I think your replies confirm my problem with this situation," Without some 'facts' or a clear diagram, there is no way to answer", to clarify some Items, I was considering a single mark with all boats on the same gybe and overlapped at the 4 boat circle, inside one perhaps slighly ahead of the outside ones. The inside boat would not be starting to turn until they saw the mark going behind the hull and because of the view although clear of each other no one really knows how much room there is between them. Until the inside one misses or hits the mark no-one knows there is a problem, so is the only answer in this situation to give the inside boat an exceptional amount of room when of course there might be complaints of taking too much space. Best Wishes, John.
  15. One of the problems of the racing rules as applied to our sport is we do not have the benefits of vision / perspective of crewed boats. This a question which often causes some discussion. Sailing downwind to the leward mark, located so there it little depth perspective, a single boat misses or hits the mark, mutters a few choice words, goes back and around it again. Now, two or more boats approaching the same mark, overlapped so the inside one is entitled to Mark Room, the inside boat misses or hits the mark, despite keeping clear of the inside boat, are the outer ones protested for not giving Mark Room? Thanks, John.
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