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John Bennett

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  1. Hi Michael, I reckon I get less friction, and certainly less trouble, with my Marblehead that does NOT have a ball race on the swing rig. See you at the pond one day
  2. Thanks very much for the reply Bill, message understood. If I can get hold of one I certainly would like to try it, we previously had a couple of guys in our club that used to beat us with shroudless, but the are/were very good sailors.
  3. I have a Starkers cubed with a swing "A" rig, but enjoyed sailing with the shroudless "B" rig in windier conditions, would a shroudless "A" rig work ok on the Starkers ? Do you have any recomendations ?
  4. I am looking for a shroudless "A" rig that I can adapt to my Starkers 3 Marblehead, as a change to sailing with a swing rig. Anybody have one they would part with ?
  5. I posted a link above, repeated here , second row of batteries: https://www.vapextech.co.uk/batteries/radio-control/6v-6-6v/
  6. Contact Vapextech.co.uk as they generally will make up a pack for your connection.. https://www.vapextech.co.uk/batteries/radio-control/6v-6-6v/ Cheers, JohnB
  7. Some radios are classed as "Park flyer", in my experience they often have trouble at distance and with carbon in particular. Remember it is only the last 31mm of rx aerial that matters, and that should be straight Make sure you haven't got other sailors standing between your and your boat if you are having trouble. In fact anything in the way of line of sight reduces range. Stand as high as possible or hold the tx up high if you are having trouble Make sure your tx aerial is parallel to the rx aerial, this is best for the signal Try to get the rx aerial vertical in the boat to allow best reception. If aerial under the deck then just under deck patching is better than in pot with battery, or under hard decking Try to get the rx aerial above the deck, ideally several inches and with 2 at right angles Try to use rx with 2 aerials and have them at right angles to each other Add a "satellite" rx to give more aerials Use longer aerials on your rx so you can position well, many rxs have aerial lead with a connector so can be (carefully) replaced with a longer one.
  8. AUX 1 or channel 6 is usually used for DUAL Aileron Wing Type or Flap and so must be enable in the programming menu.Go into WING TYPE mixing and Enable or Activate DUALAILE and you will then have the AUX1 or channel 6 function properly. OR you can use Ch6/AUX1 for 2-position flaps operated by the Flap switch on the front of the Tx by setting up values in "Flap" under the Adjust list. If you don't set these up nothing happens when you use that switch. Lots of stuff online, search for "DX61 aux"
  9. Hi, It's to do with your registered/measured boat number, use the last two or three digits.
  10. Hi, thanks. It is all set up and working but it is the 'how to use it' that I'm missing. It looks like there is a Sailsetc doc on this too but it will not open. No one in our club uses one and I know some of the experts just lock it off with a tie wrap as they haven't got the hang of it either. If someone could just tell me if it is basically to be able to make everything tighter when beating OR is it to make everything looser when not sheeted fully in ? then I would be wiser. Cheers, John
  11. I have bought a secondhand Marblehead that came with a swing rig fitted with what appears to be a Sailsetc Gizmo. It is all fitted and working ... However, I can't find any information online to do with how to set it up lakeside or what the benefits are meant to be. If anyone can point me in the right direction I would be most grateful
  12. Now that is what I call useful, thanks very much John
  13. As I am currently looking for a lighter jib boom would it be possible to be more specific on the "Easton arrow shaft", there seem to be a lot of different ones available ? Regards, John
  14. I would also like to thank for the running commentary of the Nats progress, it was good to follow, thanks
  15. ... and are you inserting the battery plug the right way round into the receiver ?
  16. What is your receiver make and model number ? Does your battery go straight to your receiver, or to the winch ? I wish you lived closer !
  17. Looks like you have found your problem. Re 30C discharge Lets say your Lipo is 1000mAh. 1 C discharge would mean you could discharge it at 1000mA (which is 1amp) Thus 30C means you can discharge it at 30 x 1000mA, which is 30,000mA, which is 30Amps. You are unlikely to actually need more than 10 amps discharge, more likely less than 5 amps even. Re 2C charge Lets say again that your Lipo is 1000mAh. 1C means that you can charge it at 1 x 1000mA = 1000mA (1 amp) and it will take about 1 hour 2C means you can charge it at 2 x 1000mA = 2000mA (2amp) and it will take about half an hour If you let an individual Lipo cell go below 3.3v then it may puff up, or set itself on fire, same if they go above 4.2v, or if you puncture them. Tread carefully.
  18. I've been flying radio controlled aircraft for 49 years, and sailing for 3, I've had a lot of experience with rc "problems"
  19. Have you got any way of testing the receiver battery voltage, or a second battery ? Is the receiver battery going straight into the receiver or is it going to the winch and the power coming from the winch ? Do you know the winch type ? Try removing the winch servo lead from the receiver, what happens to receiver lights and rudder servo ? Connect winch to receiver again, remove the rudder servo lead, what happens to receiver lights and winch ? Otherwise you are getting to the stage where you need to try another receiver and/or another transmitter. You are a bit far away for me to come and look, I am in Romsey Hants. Have you got other club mates who you could try another rx or tx out ?
  20. Have you got a second boat, and is that still working with the same transmitter ? Have you accidentally moved your transmitter on to a different "model" ? Is the transmitter showing full voltage on the display ? Why do you think your receiver battery is ok ? The DX6i transmitter aerial can be broken quite easily, can you see anything wrong with it ? Have you tried re "binding" the transmitter to the receiver ? Where do you live ?
  21. Is either the rudder servo or the winch working now ?
  22. After my Marblehead was recently run over by a car I found it quite difficult to find places to get it repaired, so this post might be useful to others. The last five inches of my Paradox stern was crushed under the rear wheels of the car of a fellow club member, with a crack extending ten inches up the hull. I kept all the crunched up pieces of carbon and proceeded to find someone to fix it. Anyway to cut a long story short, it has been excellently repaired and I would highly recommend a chat to the guy who did it for anyone in a similar position. Contact details are: Al McMeekin +447956-282-946 See his website at: http://www.radioyachts.co.uk/about-us.html
  23. I use the "Instant" AA and AAA Nimh batteries in both my moulded gliders and now my IOM and Marblehead yachts. Available in ready made packs, or individual cells, from: http://www.vapextech.co.uk/
  24. I bought an old yacht a couple of months ago where one of the sails was quite mouldy and I thought I might have to buy a new sail for it. I tried cleaning it with various things (polish, window cleaner) to no avail. However, my wife had just bought some bathroom mould removal spray, so I laid out the sail on a table, sprayed on the fluid, spread it over the sails with kitchen paper to make sure all parts were wet, waited a couple of minutes, then wiped it off again with more kitchen paper. Then I took it outside and sprayed the whole sail with water to remove any remaining fluid, and let it dry. The results were excellent, a virtually clean sail for no additional expense Please take care of the precautions for good ventilation though. cheers, John
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