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13th Sep 2018
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Member No. 5169
Registered 13th Sep 2018
Last Online 8th Jan 2019
City Montgomeri Dr
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 0
Sailing Locations 0
Forum Posts 4
Photos Posted 1
Likes Received 3
Likes Given 0
4 Total Posts
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Empty Harbour
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Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
Apprentice 2
Recruit 0
6 points away from Petty Officer!
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Forum Thread 5 5
Forum Post 2 8
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Photos Response 3 0
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Video Response 3 0
Build Blog 20 0
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Blog Response 3 0
Sailor 8 0
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Liked Posts 1 0
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19 Total Points
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Recent Posts
Vic Smeed's 'Waterbaby' by Xtal Seaman   Posted: 4 months ago
Thanks for the advice. I have changed to a smaller battery and moved it fwrd (it is R/C). I have also tried to see if there is any internal ballast but that's not easy without removing the deck. I think its time to drill the lead keel as suggested. I have found a local expert who says he will do the job! Will report on progress. Many thanks. John

Vic Smeed's 'Waterbaby' by Xtal Seaman   Posted: 4 months ago
Many thanks Martin.

Vic Smeed's 'Waterbaby' by Xtal Seaman   Posted: 4 months ago
Many thanks for your helpful reply. The line between the wooden hull and the lead part of the keel is very clear so knowing where to drill will not be a problem. Do you think a fostner drill bit in a hand drill (slow speed) will be best for drilling lead. Its something I've not done before so any advice would be much appreciated. I will put some more pictures up hopefully tomorrow.

Vic Smeed's 'Waterbaby' by Xtal Seaman   Posted: 4 months ago
I have a 'WaterBaby' 25" R/C Pond Yacht built to a 1950s designed by Vic Smeed. I'd like to hear from fellow 'Water Baby' owners. One issue of interest is the keel weight which seems a little too heavy so the boat lies a little too low in the water. Has anyone made modifications to the keel? What is the best way to do this and how do you maintain good fore and aft trim?