Showing posts from July, 2012

Tuesday Sailing 31/7/12.

Ok, so the weather this afternoon/early evening was not looking great, overcast skies and occasional rain showers, but I was determined to get there for once. I have finally been able to effect full repair to my Sun Tug hull and needed to give it a full water test and almost had the pool to myself, apart from one other club member.
The tug passed all checks with flying colours and back in action again, but has been a tedious job, regaining access to the inner sides of the rear hull to do some reinforcing work.

One other thing to mention to our club the Canada Geese  are back !

member boats 30/7/12.

Firstly, apologies but I have no update on the usual "Saturday Sailing" by our club members, but I was not available, Mark [Club Chairman] was sidelined due to a sudden illness, but it seems hardly anyone turned up anyway, according to a spy with a camera we managed to send up there.

So, to fill in a small gap, I'll let you see some pictures of a second-hand boat I have just purchased.  Its  Koyosho Wave Runner. The original build by the purchaser was quite good and I even had the original instruction booklet too.

I did a bit of research on the internet and found a couple of interesting web sites which gave me a few "tuning tips", which I am keen to try out.
First job was to remove the original servo's, the rudder servo being replaced with a heavy duty metal geared version. This is to allow the fitting of a second steering rod to the outboard motor, so not to overload the servo arm on one side. Secondly the original drive system was a simple micro switch, …

Sail tips.

Just found this info sheet on a web site, thought id share it with you all as it contains a good bit of information and is also easy to read and understand.

Work with nature and try to pick wind shifts. Real sail trimming control like true yachts!At first glance, sailing a yacht doesn't look so simple. The first mistake is thinking that by filling the sail, the wind will provide the pushing power to make the yacht travel fast. However a yacht sail actually acts like an aerofoil that pulls the yacht along, while working with the keel in the water to create forward energy. Of course there are cases of running 100% with the wind behind, but usually this will not be the case. The same applies to R/C model yachts as well. Just like a real yacht, the sail servo can trim the sail in and out according to the angle of the wind for the optimum sail shape. Learning how to read the wind is a real skill. Using a force that you can't see makes R/C yachts all the more fascinating.

Tuesday sailing 24/7/12.

Just for something different, I popped over to a Tuesday sailing night, it may of just been my own timing of arrival, but just caught the canoe hire closing up for the day, so the pool was deserted, perhaps earlier in the afternoon it might of been different with the glorious hot sunny weather of late.
Andy, one of our club members is getting the hang of steering his club 500 now and after several runs tried out my Graupner Salina too. I took along the jet ski just to make sure that its earlier sudden burst of speed was not just a flash in the pan, then a little later Mark arrived, closely followed by Tony and his newly built Lifeboat, for its very first sea trials.