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    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    3 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    In my hand I have a butterfly. Is it dead or alive?

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Wondering
    3 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Thought it was the outlet for a bilge pump ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    4 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Isn't CT the smallest State in the US? Well perhaps Hawaii is. ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Severn lifeboat plans
    4 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Here they are. It looks like copies of the original boat plans.

    ๐Ÿ“ Severn lifeboat plans
    4 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Hi PhilH. The plans I have is 1:20 scale. Slightly smaller result but you can upscale the measurements.

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    4 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    I know it as the Greenwich Line because it runs through the little town of Greenwich

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    6 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    There's nothing more confused as a made up mind. Keep it real fellas!

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    6 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Getting confused about the green light? Heres a way to remember it. You GO to the Stars. So green is GO and the Starboard is where all the stars are pinned.

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    6 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Another ambiguous question. Largest by trade volume or surface area? Lets find out. The answer is however both. By trade and surface area.

    ๐Ÿ“ International Model Boat Show SA - Update & Cancellation Notice
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Lew, I was hoping to get an airport within that 40 miles, but the US charter flights are more expensive than the UK flights, roughly about $300k more.
    But like one commentator said on the Leamington cancellation, the show did not attract visitors to benefit the sponsors resulting in less sponsors which attracted less visitors. It's a catch 22.

    Even if with 200 free flights, I doubt I would get enough interest.
    You are very right though. Our "Biggest" club is 900 miles away, and they declined a national show a few years ago. What is funny though, when it comes to DF95 racing, there does not seem to be a "distance" issue.
    And with the new changes in EU travel, things aren't looking much better.
    Unfortunately for me, I am an eternal optimist.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The M.B. meet that wasn't a meet
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Lew this sounds all too familiar. I often ask myself (because I will be stoned and hanged if I dare asking it out loud), why do people join a MBC if they have no intention of participating? But then, I also realise that the "change" and "having fun" are opposing concepts. Bringing something new into a club is not good, and if you don't do it, it's not good. But bring a TV crew and everyone, even the long over-due members, reaches out to the cameras. Human nature! Weirdest substance in the lab.

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    ๐Ÿ“ International Model Boat Show SA - Update & Cancellation Notice
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    It is with slight disappointment that we have to inform you all that we have decided to cancel the event. Only 2 of the 35 model boat clubs in the UK showed signs of life, but not sufficient to warrant a ยฃ1 million project.

    Given the commentary on the cancellation of the IMBS 2023 UK in Leamington, I won't blame anyone for saying "I told you so!".

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    The question should have read what side of a ship is to your left when looking towards the stern. I got it right because I applied the mindless thinking process. Knowing the crafters of these quizzes has never set foot onboard.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Dead in the water
    8 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Just throw the Spektrum in the pond. It solved most of my issues.

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    8 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Its the same side if you are standing on the peer facing the stern.

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    I had to run to the bathroom after reading the explanation why the correct answer is the correct one. PMSL ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    This is exactly why I will never own a model of this ship. It's like the flu.๐Ÿ˜›And here's a tip on the next question. In which year did the Titanic sink?

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    On the Boy George issue, I believe Continental Drift moved it from Spithead to Scotland. Well perhaps that was the 1997 discovery.

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Im not going to answer this one. Its scary what people believe these days.

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    ๐Ÿ˜‚ @ Toradog. Yes, the Silent and the Sunken. aka the Quick and the Dead.๐Ÿ˜Ž

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Lol Nick and in the USA the ship's crew often boarded the space shuttle and it does not even have a periscope. ๐Ÿ˜

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    ๐Ÿ“ Back to my workshop
    14 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Finish the White Star first Ed๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ It has undertones of a passenger liner in the name. ๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ“ International Model Boat Show 2024
    14 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Date changed.

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    14 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    @Rockbag
    I think most of these quizzes were written in BC times. Before Columbus. Only a part of the world existed back then.

    ๐Ÿ“ Helderberg Model Boat Club
    14 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    @ Hermank
    Yes, that is the sad reality of our greed-infested world. I suppose there are many sad tales akin to yours and it's perhaps a blessing as someone mentioned elsewhere that we won't live to see that day when the RC hobby takes its final bow.
    When there is a commercial intent behind the activity, it's always a safer option, but it does not sit well with the RC Boaters, especially if they have been used to a decade or more of "free water". Taking the legal route to challenge these pencil-pusher decisions is not always feasible, and relying on promises they make is even a worse horse to bet on. We experienced it here with our local council too. Pushing full astern on the construction of a concrete plinth at the launching area at a local pond, and then coming up with a new bucket-list of hoops we need to jump through to do it ourselves at our expense for the benefit of all other clubs. Two years of paper wars and one meeting after the next, went belly-up in one email. It's like an Alfred Hitchcock romance. Someone always gets killed in the end.
    Talking about "specially designed" ponds, we had a place called Ratanga Junction. It was a rollercoaster park for a few years, but only open during summer. Then they closed down and decided to redevelop the park. In the design, they created an RC Boat pond. And we were all very excited about it. Until we saw the size. Not even a toy shop speedboat will reach full speed before it hits the opposite wall. It was totally too small and not nearly RC ready, but the designers were the sharp pencils and did not consult any of the RC clubs. Today it's a mosquito breeding tank. It looks nice, until you disturb the surface. The larger ponds are much better but the property owner is still looking for the "reply to email" button after two years of enquiry.
    It's always a blessing when you find a property owner with a business brain; one who an see the potential model boating has in increasing foot traffic to his/her venue. Unfortunately the trade off is an increase in membership fees.

    ๐Ÿ“ Helderberg Model Boat Club
    14 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Roy, this is exactly why we formed the MBA. Ponds are threatened all over the world. Conflicting hobbies as well as urban development constantly fails to consider the RC Boating community and not having a voice, makes it worse.
    I recently saw an article of a pond that was ruined in the UK by the local municipality. The club used it for more than 40 years. Then they decided to put a fountain in the middle. No more boating and despite the objections, the city officials thought they were the sharpest pencils. Another club dies!

    And then you get clubs that say they don't need an association. They are doing just fine. Until...

    Cheers for now!

    ๐Ÿ“ Helderberg Model Boat Club
    14 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Roy

    Yes an NPC has perpetuity in the same way as a charity has. In SA we also have two forms of "charities". The normal NPC and then we have what is called a PBO or Public Benefit Organisation. An NPC can be a PBO, but a BPO does not need to be an NPC.
    Both are regulated by an Act of Parliament (Not the common law)

    In the case of an NPC, there are no "owners" as in shareholders and profits may not be distributed to the members in the form of dividends like a normal company (PLC or LLC). Although its a not-for-profit company, it does not have to operate without profit. It can even have employees, but the directors and officers may only be paid a fair fee for costs incurred in running the NPC.
    And yes, it does open the doors to grants, but only if registered for donor tax deductions. It's not the ideal model for a group of 4 RC boaters wanting to play in a puddle, but if you want to generate money to invest in improvement and development of RC ponds and dams, it's the only viable option. SA is well-known for it's astute ability to misappropriate public funds. Having a NPC adds a layer of protection for the public, and then members too.

    As for exclusive rights, the answer is two-fold. If it's a municipal pond, no. The state cannot give exclusive rights to any organisation unless it's allowed for by an Act of Parliament.
    If it's a privately owned pond, exclusivity needs to be negotiated and agreed on with the property owner. Not all are open to the idea without a couple of trial runs to determine the impact.

    The wine estate we use, has been operating for a few centuries. The restaurant is well known and overlooks the dam. Below the restaurant is a bar and hall, and this is the area we use when we have events. have a look at www.webersburg.co.za - it's a stunning place.
    It will also explain the reason we have a Gold membership. This is not for the faint-of-wallet.

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Yes it's one of those tricky ones again. Ernest Shackleton was on-board the Discovery with Scott as Captain in 1900. Any other date the answer could have been A.

    ๐Ÿ“ Helderberg Model Boat Club
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    @ Roy
    You raise a number of valid points, which is all aligned to traditional mbc's. In South Africa we have two main options to forming a club. The one is the UK based model in common law, also referred to as a "universitas" where a club has a constitution and a committee. The other is a statutory registered non-profit company (NPC) with a registration number, tax number and a board of directors. The latter is our "entity" as you mentioned. But the titles are club manager and assistant manager. Not Chairperson or Vice chairperson. The club is managed and the activities are organised by the management team. Members join to participate in the activities. (Same as a night club, where the owners opens the doors and people enter to have fun). The managers have no say about what the members do, but set the basic rules of conduct and the hours and fees. A third party auditor is appointed to ensure the club operates within the law. (It's a much more regulated form of a club). And as an NPC, people get paid for the work they do; although it's not a salary as such.
    Yes we have different levels of membership. We are all equal too, but our needs are different. Some just want to sail, while others wants to bring their family together and have a meal while we have our boats out on the water. So, a traditional club using a municipal pond without public toilets are selling "municipal water and companionship". This is the "bronze level". If you want toilets too, you buy the silver membership, and if you want to have lunch as well, you buy the Gold membership.๐Ÿ˜Ž
    We are also the only club using more than one pond at various venues. If bronze level is too expensive, we also have the Free option. One pond, no toilets, and go when you want - companionship is an optional extra.๐Ÿ˜‰
    I specifically used the word "black-out" and not ban. We won't ban racing yachts. We just don't cater for it. There's enough racing yacht clubs around. We focus on scale models, and your scale model happens to be the HMS Victory or the RRS Discovery, it's a far cry from a IOM or a 10 Rater.
    And yes, I agree on the bath tub racers. We have a club called Orion ERC Ocean Racing for the speed boats. From the ruler length Chinese wind-me-ups, to the Traxxas M41.
    On your final question, we don't have to "approve" a member, but we do require a Membership Agreement and adherence to a Code of Conduct and Ethics. Our "invitation to join" is sent out selectively, but our media campaigns and advertising leaves the door open to anyone. We do however make it very clear that sailing regattas is not in our service offering.
    Our focus is on service delivery and not to be a bunch of willy waggers ruining the fun for everyone except the committee.
    You have to experience club politics to understand where this "new generation" concept comes from.
    SA is a very small community of RC boaters. If there are 500 people actively involved it's a lot. Specifically in Cape Town, when an opportunity arises to promote the club, the answer is a simple "No". We saw this happen three times since the beginning of 2024. Hence our view that committees don't run clubs; they ruin it.
    Count yourselves blessed. I recently communicated with 35 clubs in the UK. You are spoiled for choice over there. The UK is almost twice the size of the Western Cape Province (53%) and we had 2 functional clubs in the past 20 years.๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Propulsion and Steering Sorted
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Enjoy the planking. I had so much fun getting my fingers off the hull and the planks off the superglue. ๐Ÿ˜



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