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Sail Winch Servo Identification by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 19 days ago
In a Marblehead Sailboat the sail servo has a sticker on the side. It reads: D.H.Andrews 48 Aberdale Road Leicester, LE2 6GE England The Servo is glued in the plywood base so the phone number cannot be read. The Servo indentification number is missing. Can anyone assist with identifying this Servo, and who D.H.Andrews is? This Marblehead Sailboat built and purchased in Toronto,Ontario, Canada.

displaying at vintage and steam rallies. by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Back to your display, Colin, very impressive array in your Harbour. I see why you were interested in where the Gypsy sailboat came from. You get the plans off the computer or I can get you one.

Marconi sail plan by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
I was in contact with Nat, at: where he said I should stay with a Marconi sail for the Gypsy sailboat. I must make a small Jib and Main sail. I bought some polyester material that is water resistant at a local fabric store. Not much required, but I know that one can not just cut from a 2D plan the cloth and attach it to the mast and boom. I have been studying how to make a Dacron sail.

Marblehead by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Ready to mount the mast on the Marblehead Sailboat.

Marblehead Sailboat upgraded by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hull ready for rudder installation.

Marblehead Sailboat upgraded by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Just keeping switch is closed!

Marblehead Sailboat upgraded by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hope your mind wasn't finished off Ron 😉 km's solution is not very scale though is it?? In essence Dave_M is correct that the toggle switches I depicted are not completely sealed. But the ball pivot of the toggle is nowhere near so open and vunerable as the long slot in a slide switch🤔 Sure there are fully sealed versions but be prepared to dig deeper in your pocket for them (watch out for the moths 😉😉) Attached pics show toggle switches hidden under a hatch on the main deck of my destroyer. Hmm, must redo the legends!! A drop of WD40 or machine oil now and again keeps the moisture out and they have done sterling work for 20 odd years now. Further advantages are that the contacts and wiper are self cleaning and can handle more current than a slide switch. 😉 Switches and monitoring /test sockets are mounted on an alu bracket fixed just under the main deck. Cheers Doug 😎 PS: on my subs I use a standard slide switch for the RX, cos its mounted in a (hopefully😲) sealed pressure hull anyway 😊 Whatever, have fun. Cheers Doug 😎

Marblehead Sailboat upgraded by kmbcsecretary Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
Found this on net gives you an idea

Marblehead Sailboat upgraded by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
I believe my mind gets the idea, but some photos would finish it off?

Marblehead Sailboat upgraded by kmbcsecretary Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
The other trick I have used in the past, works if toggle or slide switch. Drill a 1mm hole in either the top of the toggle switch or through the middle of slider switch bend a "z" into one end of 1mm brass rod and feed through hole in switch . Drill hole large enough for bellows to fit where you wanted the switch to have been, feed the brass rod through the bellows and leave an inch or to sticking out and bend the end fully round to make a "o" shape and hey presto you have a pull for on and push for of switch with out removing the hatches every time.

Marblehead Sailboat upgraded by Donnieboy Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
The deck is looking good. Nice job.Can't wait to see it finished.

Marblehead Sailboat upgraded by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
New deck with Mahogany trim being sanded then multiple coats of Varathane clear finish.

Marblehead Sailboat upgraded by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
I am putting the switch inside the hatch cover. Never realized the “switch” could be such a topic Starter. It seemed like an attractive alternative to opening up the hatch to turn off the boat, especially since its location was protected by the hatch roof and located at the back of the hatch. I keep moisture wicking packs found in electronics packaging, in the hull of my boats.

Marblehead Sailboat upgraded by SelwynWilliams Admiral   Posted: 2 months ago
You can get very robust and waterproof toggle switches from companies that make underwater torches for divers. I have never had any trouble with them because of leakage or rusting. Try Birchley Products at

Marblehead Sailboat upgraded by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Doug This switch is also open to the elements. I agree it is a better switch than the slide version but will suffer the same fate on a model yacht in an exposed position.