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    Billings - Dragen
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    πŸ“ Made some changes
    8 days ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    I made some changes to the center section of the sailboat, keeping in mind how best to seal out water. Sailboats by their very nature can catch a sudden breeze and quickly heel over. Tape is used to seal the seams and I wanted a better design to achieve this.

    The control arm was also altered giving better results; the four AA battery pack sits nicely beside the Servo, and the receiver on top. Not electrical interference has been detected with this arrangement. Removable items are secured with velcro to keep them in place when sailing.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Made some changes
    8 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Nice job Ron. Keeping water out is one of our biggest concerns.
    Rick
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Made some changes
    8 days ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    Your comments bring warmth to my heart ❀️, thank you.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Made some changes
    8 days ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    Your Dragon is coming on well, I think that DF65, rig suits her well. I think in covering the whole of the cockpit, you've done the most sensible thing. Hang the accuracy of design, stay afloat.

    Nerys
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    πŸ“ Ready to go
    2 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    Added ballast inside, and a 5” lead bar to the keel. Servo to control main sail is installed with all systems working. Added a tight sealed center hatch, not exactly what I had in mind, but keeping water out is the #1 priority.

    Now if the ice leaves the lake and local ponds, it will be launch time.
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    πŸ“ Hull is painted and sealed
    2 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    Adding ballast next week.
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    πŸ“ Painting the hull
    2 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    Latest news on the sailboat project...the deck did not come out as desired after the pen ink bled when clearcoat was applied. I used it to highlight the grooves between the planks. The first time this happened I was able to sand it off, but when fibreglass was added, it all happened again. So, I painted the deck grey, with blue trim, and a white hull. Should look just fine in the water.
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    πŸ“ Coming along
    2 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    DF65 sails the newer version.
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    πŸ“ Mast building the next adventure
    2 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    I bought a DF65 β€œA” Rig Assembly and sails, but it must be assembled. Another new adventure!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Mast building the next adventure
    2 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    3 Cheers for Alice! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Mast building the next adventure
    2 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    I bought a DF65 RTR complete kit which had to be assembled. The rig was not that difficult, just fiddly, in fact too fiddly for my arthritic fingers. So, how did you guess, Alice put it together without much trouble, she's the technical part of the family, she just followed the instructions and it worked out fine. So, don't worry, you'll manage.

    Cheers Nerys
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    πŸ“ Tiller arm linkage changes
    2 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    I slotted the tiller, secured the servo and added the aft cowling frame.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Tiller arm linkage
    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Looking forward to seeing her under sail."
    Me 2 Nerys πŸ‘
    But I think I would have preferred to have the tiller as one with the rudder and the control linkage under deck. With the Canadian cousin of Graham's rowing Bionic Bill up top with his hand on the tiller.
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    2 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    I do like the way you have linked the servo to the tiller, Nice build all round . Looking forward to seeing her under sail.

    Nerys
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    πŸ“ All is well Doug
    2 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    Coaming is made. Rudder post looking good too. Next building the cabin to fit over coaming.
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    πŸ“ Looks like a very old weathered deck...I like it!
    2 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    Took some hard sanding which is not good for arthritic fingers but, the results are nice, at least to me. Making a new build look old!
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    πŸ“ Add a deck colour
    2 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    I painted several other sailboat decks too, no big deal!
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