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A gear guide Compiled by Victoria Gibson after surveying the whole fleet during the 2016 IOM nationals can be found on the GBR IOM website, thanks Victoria.

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useful info! As a newcomer thinking of an upgrade to my first IOM could use some advice on using the gear listing.


Is the Britpop the (only?) boat to use if you want to compete at national level, or is just the top helms taking one variable out by most using one of the top designs?

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Hi Ian, the Britpop! design has been making me look quite good since 2011, the top guys are opting for this design because they want to be the top guys and are not going to be the top guys with slower designs.

The choice of winch at the moment is the RMG 280 ES or EF because it is so reliable and does exactly what it says on the tin. When this winch is put inside a dry boat, that is aired between races it will not let you down.

The favourite choice of masts seem to be the Pierre Gonnet ones from France, they are light and stiff and come in 3 colours, you can use the off cuts for the main and jib booms although on the top suit, many use Easton arrow shaft as it is lighter again.

Batteries seem to be a mixture, get in touch with Ken Binks (K-Bits) for some expert advice on this and also TX and RX.

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Hi Ian,


Agree with Graham, however dont forget that those at the top of the sport commit a lot of time in honing their racing skills and preparing their boats and any boat needs to be pointed in the right direction.


Yes i would buy a BP as my "weapon of choice", but dont feel that its not worth competing with something else, attending big events is as much about meeting, learning and socialising as it is about the winning for most of us. Go on, get your entry in for the next Open meeting near you.....


You dont mention what design you currently have, but maybe your gear list would help in planning upgrades.


cheers

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Hi Ian, the Britpop! design has been making me look quite good since 2011, the top guys are opting for this design because they want to be the top guys and are not going to be the top guys with slower designs.

The choice of winch at the moment is the RMG 280 ES or EF because it is so reliable and does exactly what it says on the tin. When this winch is put inside a dry boat, that is aired between races it will not let you down.

The favourite choice of masts seem to be the Pierre Gonnet ones from France, they are light and stiff and come in 3 colours, you can use the off cuts for the main and jib booms although on the top suit, many use Easton arrow shaft as it is lighter again.

Batteries seem to be a mixture, get in touch with Ken Binks (K-Bits) for some expert advice on this and also TX and RX.

 

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

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Hi Ian,


Agree with Graham, however dont forget that those at the top of the sport commit a lot of time in honing their racing skills and preparing their boats and any boat needs to be pointed in the right direction.


Yes i would buy a BP as my "weapon of choice", but dont feel that its not worth competing with something else, attending big events is as much about meeting, learning and socialising as it is about the winning for most of us. Go on, get your entry in for the next Open meeting near you.....


You dont mention what design you currently have, but maybe your gear list would help in planning upgrades.


cheers

 


thanks Darin I have an entry level boat bought at a reasonable price and currently in the front half of a club fleet. I have sent you a PM

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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

 

Easton aluminum arrow shafts come with a code eg XX75. The two digits are the alloy - and for an IOM look for the 75. they make others that are not on the approved list.


Then they have a four digit code eg 2514 the first two digits is the diameter in 64th of an inch. the larger diameters, like 24, 25 26 are stiffer than the lower numbers. The second two digits are the wall thickness in thou.


I have used Camo XX75 2514 and XX75 2613


The easton web site lists this but the larger diameters are missing. Biggest dia is now 2413

https://eastonarchery.com/target/camo-hunter/


John


John Ball

IOM CAN 307 (V8)

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Hi Ian,


Agree with Graham, however dont forget that those at the top of the sport commit a lot of time in honing their racing skills and preparing their boats and any boat needs to be pointed in the right direction.


Yes i would buy a BP as my "weapon of choice", but dont feel that its not worth competing with something else, attending big events is as much about meeting, learning and socialising as it is about the winning for most of us. Go on, get your entry in for the next Open meeting near you.....


You dont mention what design you currently have, but maybe your gear list would help in planning upgrades.


cheers

 

good advice, and having considered options you are ( of course!) right. Will stick with my club boat until I can get the boat off the start in the first rank every time before throwing money at the issue.

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