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Posted by FWAL | Mar 27, 2016 @ 01:29 PM | 974 Views
Great racing today in very good 'B' rig conditions. Even managed to win an Easter Egg
Posted by FWAL | Mar 22, 2016 @ 06:03 PM | 1,640 Views
Last Sunday Joio had her first race. The conditions weren't brilliant with a light NW wind wafting over the lake leading to big holes and 180 degree shifts. Overall we finished in a fairly disappointing third position but I'm pretty confident that a few tweaks will see us performing a lot better. This evening I have re programmed the RMG winch end points to my new HiTec Flash7 transmitter having upgraded from a Futaba 6EX. There is now adequate travel for the sails to sheet right out. I have also started to alter the fin rake further aft. In the future I might resort back to the Dave Creed rudder but for the moment I'm going to stick with a higher aspect ratio rudder which should favour stronger winds.
The forecast for next Sundays race is looking a lot better so given these tweaks and a little more mast rake I hope Joio will be a little more assertive and be up on the pace.
Posted by FWAL | Mar 14, 2016 @ 04:02 PM | 1,823 Views
If you have any questions re the build just add a comment and I'll do my best to reply. Mk
Posted by FWAL | Feb 06, 2016 @ 02:15 PM | 1,812 Views
Not soaring or sailing but a bit of cycling! Here's my new bike. A bit different to those more common agricultural things you see being ridden by MAMILs (middle aged men in lycra).
Since the very first mass produced bikes in 1872 the designs have continued to develop and my new ROUX G8 is no exception. Shimano Nexus 8 hub gears, Gates carbon drive belt and Suntor swing shock make this bike fab, fast and fun. It's a real blast, looks great, completely silent with silky smooth gear changing. It makes the daily commute to work a really enjoyable experience.
Posted by FWAL | Jan 24, 2016 @ 11:01 AM | 2,043 Views
Edge, 7BOR ,Wotsit and Rescue Cover
Posted by FWAL | Jan 10, 2016 @ 11:38 AM | 1,770 Views
Laminated Joio's kicker, Pot Well on a GRP MDF plug, 2 coats of Carnuba wax 2 layers of 80g/m2 woven roving and 2 layers of 30g/m2 chopped mat strand to give a bit more strength. Generally very pleased with the result.
Posted by FWAL | Dec 26, 2015 @ 09:35 AM | 3,123 Views
Just a progress photo showing Joio's laminated hull de-plugged. I'm slowly working on the plugs to produce the mast/pot well and the mast/fin case. The lay up consisted of two layers of 135g/m2 and a top layer of 80g/m2. All three layers were applied at the same time using one mixed batch of West Resin which took 30ml per hull half. Once cured I applied two cts of just resin. Again, once washed and sanded I applied another 2cts of resin. At present her total weight is 328g or 11.5oz
Posted by FWAL | Dec 10, 2015 @ 03:41 PM | 2,635 Views
All faired and almost ready for glassing
Posted by FWAL | Dec 01, 2015 @ 03:29 AM | 3,182 Views
Each balsa strip is roughly 8 x 3mm. I've cut 34 lengths from 3N 48" x 3" x 1/8 sheet. The remainder will but cut from 36" long sheet which can be purchased at my local model shop.
Posted by FWAL | Nov 17, 2015 @ 10:07 AM | 2,955 Views
My1.9m Mefisto's make over is complete, repaired the snapped fuse, replaced the smashed wing with a new 4 servo wing, covered in clear and translucent blue Oracover, re painted fuse with white 2K paint, new servo's all round, new snakes, new paint job on nose cone, new tail feathers with go faster stripes and finally new Flash 7 TX mixing capabilities. AUW 925g
Posted by FWAL | Nov 13, 2015 @ 08:11 AM | 3,783 Views
A big shout out to:
New Tx delivered free within 2 working days. Not only that but it was also the cheapest total cost for a Flash 7 I could find.
Now I just need to complete the refurbishment to my Mefisto
Posted by FWAL | Nov 08, 2015 @ 11:15 AM | 3,807 Views
It seemed to take an age to finish off this build. Yellow paint proved to be a bit thinner than expected so prolonging the completion until this morning. Other than that everything came together quite well in the end and the finished product is pretty impressive. Even on a very dark, damp South Wales day she added an aurora of brightness.
We used my rigs for the maiden but I will be fitting the new owners rigs in the near future, I'm sure this IOM will give them many hours of enjoyment both on and off the water!
Posted by FWAL | Nov 03, 2015 @ 03:39 AM | 3,860 Views
Nothing special just a few more pic's for posterity
Posted by FWAL | Nov 02, 2015 @ 04:13 AM | 3,290 Views
2) Close racing
3) Concentrating
4) First leg
5) Follow the leader
6) Goth
7) MX 16
8) Slimtel
9) Pre start
10)...Continue Reading
Posted by FWAL | Oct 26, 2015 @ 06:11 PM | 3,424 Views
Over the weekend I managed to fit the GRP foredeck and Liteply rear deck on Voltage's hull.
The Titan winch a long with the rudder servo have been fitted and just prior to the photo's I started to fit the pop, off hatch. The batteries and rx will be located in a balsa box fixed to the hull floor. This will keep the weight lower and also allow the battery to be moved fore and aft for fine balance tuning.
Posted by FWAL | Oct 12, 2015 @ 04:32 PM | 4,700 Views
Yesterday Harry and I tried out my latest IOM 'A' suit sails. They appeared to fall into shape very easy with minimum fuss so that was a good start. Whilst racing the wind was quite light and coming from all over the shop. Harry had the first trial and at times went very well but being fairly new to the sport he found it tricky keeping a distance between himself and the other seven competitors. After the halftime break we swopped boats and I went on to win the following four races which was quite satisfying. The next major test will be when Harry races the 7Bor and 'mk' sails at the Woodspring's, IOM, SW District Event on November 1st.
I have also fitted the fin/mast case into the Voltage hull. I hope to really press on with this project over the next couple of weeks so I can knock out a couple of new, identical IOM's over the Winter months in readiness for next season.
Posted by FWAL | Sep 30, 2015 @ 05:54 AM | 3,824 Views
The weather was warm, sunny and a gentle breeze greeted the competitors as they arrived on both Saturday and Sunday morning s for the last Ranking Event of the year. Predictably the tide or should I say reservoir was level with the first tier or beach! Which for our small yachts did produce some interesting wind conditions close to the shore due to the ramped and banked reservoir construction. However, the added height of the control area did give the skipper a far better perspective of the course, other yachts and wind lanes over the course.
Without going into too much detail my actual performance was the usual mixed bag of highs and lows. The good was often over shadowed by the bad and a promotion to 'B' fleet was instantly followed by a demotion to 'C'. Skipper error mixed with a bit of bad luck and at times poor rig tuning proved my undoing. I'm also coming round to thinking that my Edge design is slightly off the pace, my BRC winch isn't accurate enough and the rudder servo probably needs replacing for this level of competition so it's back to the drawing board and bank account.
Here are some photo's of the Edge 35 taken by Sue Brown of Catsails.
Posted by FWAL | Sep 07, 2015 @ 02:41 PM | 3,718 Views
The Sun shone and a light variable breeze swung around the lake. Five IOM races had been run and it was time for the competitors to have a nice mug of coffee and a chat prior to commencing the remaining 5 races. It was at this junction that I took the opportunity to maiden Rebel.
My primary concern was how she would sit on the water. This is the first time I have strayed away from designing and building IOMs. It is also a very narrow design for a RG65. I was therefore pretty relieved when I lowered her into the lake and she almost floated in the correct position but her stern is probably a fraction too low. Other than that everything else appeared to work OK. Although, I will be making a new sail for this rig but only because the film I bought has a natural curve in it due to it being on a roll and not in sheets....Continue Reading
Posted by FWAL | Sep 03, 2015 @ 11:23 AM | 3,778 Views
The carbon fibre decks have been fitted and the hull has received 2 coats of Epifanes 2K paint. Rebel has been on the scales and here's a breakdown:

Hull deck and fittings 220g
Fin & Bulb 555g
Bat & RX 63g
A rig 82g
Rudder 14g

AUW 934g
Posted by FWAL | Aug 31, 2015 @ 10:06 AM | 3,990 Views
Mixed up the Epifanes 2K paint today and white washed the Mefisto nose cone and fuselage. Rebel's hull, rudder and bulb.