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    πŸ’¬ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    9 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    Lovely job.

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    πŸ“ RTTL 2755 today at the pond
    8 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    Very smart looking boat.

    πŸ’¬ Re: Filming "Dinghy Dan"
    11 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    It looks real doesn’t it?

    πŸ’¬ Re: 1:4 scale Clinker Dinghy
    12 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    What a lovely build.

    πŸ’¬ Re: Al Kubar 2
    19 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    Good evening, my Smit Nederland is of a similar size, I fitted a pair of high torque 555 motors (about a tenner each) powered by a 12v lead acid battery which cost about Β£12 and runs forever. I opted to use twin Hobby Wing Esc’s (about Β£15 each as I recall) 60 amp. I opted for tank steering so each of the sticks on my FlySky FS transmitter controls a motor. As only one of the sticks β€œcentres” I purchased a centring kit for the other stick (a couple of quid) which means that if I let the controls go both sticks centre in the β€œneutral” position. The tug has slightly faster than scale speed and will turn in its own length. For navigation and spot lamps I used prewired 3v LED’s which have their own prewired resistors. I ran a single lead from the battery to a wago connector fixed underneath the superstructure into which all the lights are connected, it worked well but I got fed up with the long trailing lead from the top half to the bottom half of the boat so I did away with the trailing lead and replaced it with a switched 9v battery holder which is Velcro’d to the inside of the superstructure which makes things tidier. I switch the lights on by simply reaching inside but I’m contemplating fitting a micro switch so I can control the lights remotely using a spare switch on the tx. I’m a complete novice at this but hope this helps.
    PS the battery is heavy and helps with the ballast and can be charged without removing from the hull.
    Cheers
    John H

    πŸ’¬ Re: Topaz 60" J class yacht
    20 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    That is the best looking yacht I’ve seen to date and sails so well on virtually no wind.

    πŸ’¬ Re: 60" J class yacht with Genoa in +/-10 mph winds
    21 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    That’s a very sleek yacht and sails beautifully. I notice that you are sailing close hauled in several directions, what she like on a reach or run? There’s a fair breeze there, do you foresee having to replace the genoa with a jib in a blow?

    πŸ“ RaIngaIV
    26 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    She looks great in the video, the sails appear quite sensitive in that light breeze.

    πŸ“ RaIngaIV
    26 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    She sails well Roger. There are several members of our club that have tugs and are keen on introducing some kind of competitive events we can participate in within our club. We’d be interested to find out what things clubs such as yours do tug-wise. One of our issues though is that our lake is in a public park which means any infrastructure we make would have to be assembled and disassembled at every meeting.

    πŸ“ Hey Gang, what boat is this?
    2 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    This is the Lowestoft pilot boat.

    πŸ’¬ Re: 27” Monterey Clipper
    3 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    Lovely looking boat. Good job.

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    πŸ“ Here is the name of this sail. Is this the definitive answer?
    3 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    Gaff rig is a sailing rig in which the sail is four-cornered, fore-and-aft rigged, controlled at its peak and, usually, its entire head by a spar called the gaff. Because of the size and shape of the sail, a gaff rig will have running backstays rather than permanent backstays. With a Bermuda rigged sail boat the main sail is triangular, the mainsail has a wire sewn into it which fits into a slot on the rear of the mast and pulled up to the top of the mast using a halyard, the boom fixed to the bottom of the sail which is tensioned downwards to give the sail a bit of firmness. The top of the sail needs no support as it is the acute β€œpointy” bit. On a gaff/rigged boat with the gaff sail having four sides the top part needs supporting or it would sag down. So as well as having a boom attached to the length of the bottom of the sail it also has another β€œboom” attached to the opposite top edge of the sail - this is the gaff. The gaff usually has a U shaped fork at the mast end which is connected around the base of the mast and hauled up to as far up the mast as it needs to be. It stands to reason therefore that a gaff sail can be distinguished by the gaff across the top of it.

    πŸ“ RA INGA IV Maiden sail
    3 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    She looks great on the water Roger, ballast looks spot on. I look forward to seeing her heeling over under a bit of a breeze. Did I detect a bit of power at the beginning of the video to give her a kick-start?

    πŸ’¬ Re: Ra IngaIV finished ?
    3 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    That is a project to be proud of Roger. I’m hoping to start my Inga some time this year and if it ends up half as good as yours I’ll be happy.

    πŸ“ Fishing Boats
    3 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    From Lowestoft too, my old home town

    πŸ“ Breezy start to the day.
    4 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    I’ve decided not to sail this afternoon, same problem in Dorset.

    πŸ“ My harbour wall at night
    4 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    Seasons greetings to you and yours too. I like the orange ship, is she an anchor handler?

    πŸ’¬ Re: RAIngaIV rear cabin
    4 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    I suspect your idea of passable is called perfection by most other people Roger. I’m new to the boat modelling world and if my models come half way up to your standard I’ll be very happy.

    πŸ“ Rigging and sails Inga IV
    4 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    Just to throw another idea in the mix regarding the original query, if using a single servo arm proves complicated would it be an option to take a Y lead off the received to run two servos off a single channel, one for each sail?

    πŸ“ Rigging and sails Inga IV
    4 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    I’m a bit surprised by the rear mast stay position too. As you know I’ve not made my Inga yet but judging by this photo of somebody else’s Inga model (attached) that’s exactly where they go. As an ex dingy sailor I have no fear of jibing but I know the big yacht sailors find the prospect of jibing all three booms at the same time just that much too exciting so they rarely run directly before the wind so maybe the maximum travel of the rear boom is not much of an issue?

    πŸ“ New toy...
    5 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    I hope the workbench had a safe landing.

    πŸ“ Inga1v
    5 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Frankiesays1953 ( Master Seaman)
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    I have an as yet unmade Inga IV kit and it would appear that the mast is made of two strips glued together which creates a slot running down the back of the mast. It is not tapered as I can tell.



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