Sailing on Plaza Pond
Had a good time sailing today at Plaza Park Pond with the
Sierra MYC Visalia CA.
That looked like fun...you need some guns on those sailboats to deal with the those pesky tugs! ;)
Tugs vs Sail power
Hey! I resemble that remark! I don't know what happen, it kind of came over me, Rick was on one side and I on the other? It was meant to be, LOL!! AND no one even cussed? I'm sorry again for picking on a sailboat, but I'm sure pay back is probably on the way. Sure was fun though, best bunch I've ever sailed with. Ron
then the sailboats pick on the smaller sailboats the same way, I watched a pair of the big boys pin a FOOTY last week :eek: so much fun so little time :cool:
Sierra Model Yacht Club July 6, 2008
The wind was predicted to be 3-6 in the morning and picking up in the
afternoon. They did a good job as that is about what we had. Don was at
the pond first sailing his White/Red Voyager. I came in next around 9ish
and sailed my 1970 era Tradewind. Susie dropped of Ron off and he was set
for the day with his Vic, and Footy at the ready.
Herb showed up next with his Red Hammer by aquacraft. Herb has been having
a problem with it choking up when he gave it throtle and it would loose
rudder control. Ron and Don sat and looked over the boat with her and
quickly diagnosed the problem. Between the 3pack Lipo batter and the speed
control there were two wires that were way undersized. Ron explained that
it was acting as a resistor and killing the power when he went to full
throtle. Very cool field trouble shooting by Ron. A simple fix was
discussed and Herb left for the shop. Not before wowing us with photos of
what he had done with a large (40"+) power boat hull that Ron had given him
a few weeks back. See photo... Nice job Herb.
Don gave us updates on his projects.. And gave us a partial list of some of
his cool cars. I can't wait to see the aluminum pontoons he is making for
his new boat.
Herb came back with his modified Hammer and ran the pond. The fix worked
great. Now to get those batteries recharged.
Lorena and Bill pulled up on their White Goldwing. We have many motorcycle
fans in our group and we all apreciated their ride. They had been up to
Kaweah and reported the good news that my Catalina was still there and it
looked like they fire was being put out. :) Bill sailed my Tradewind and
Lorena saw how close she could get to Aflac.
Marc and Tyler showed up with their Snipe and Footy. For show and tell they
brought out their new catamaran 14" long that they are building. It was
very cool. Marc is going to hunt for small servos and a small rx pack to
run the boat. Everyone appreciated the craftmanship.
The winds picked up more as the day wore on and I saw water coming over the
bow of my Vic and Rons. I saw some very close quarter menuvering during the
day and I'm happy to report no major mishaps.
Ron gave me a pvc boat rescue for my tug boat. Bj contribued a loaf of
Zuccini (sp) bread. We had a couple of walk ups. One was a lady from Santa
Cruz and the other was a guy who sailed years ago in Pearl Harbor.
We worked our way from shady spot to shady spot enjoying the day. The
Tugboat did it's thing and watered several parched vistors. One lady called
over her kids just so they could be refreshed. Lorena said she counted 11
Large buses with church Kids pull into the park. We consided trying to
blend in with them in the chow line. But in the end didn't.
We left the pond around 3pm.
Charge up your batteries and we will see ya next time.
Sounds like a great way to spend the day!!! Thanks for sharing the pics!!
What sails are you guys running on the Vickys, and how do you like them?
I don't have a Vicky yet, I know some of the guy's use Chuck Black Sails.
Maybe some of the Visalia Bunch can help.
Many of the guys have gone with Black Sails on their Victoria's. I have a set of Black Sails in the shop but usually sail with sails that I cut myself. It isn't hard to cut flat panel sails and you might enjoy the fact that you saved the $.
[IMG]Ocean 500 home made sails[/IMG]
Different sail material?
Thank you for the advice.
I forgot to mention that I think it is great that we have yet another club report on the forum. It is great to see what fellow boaters are doing around the world when they get together.
I was curious why you prefer your home made sails over the Black sails? It looks to me like the Black sails are of a lighter weight material due to their transperancy than the ones you made.
I have seen somewhere on some site a template for making vicky sails. Looks easy enough. LOL :rolleyes:
How much would you say it costs to make a set of Victoria sails including the corner reinforcing material, etc?
Fairwind 900 is an extremely "Humble" person. What he didn't say, was that he doesn't need the high dollar stuff to beat the pants off everyone on the pond. He crafts everything he can and knows his boats better than anyone I've ever met. I have an expensive set up on the #47 boat above, but haven't learned to sail well enough,------yet.
I'm sorry I didn't mean to say that my sails were better than Mr. Blacks. Far from it. But, you could buy some clearphane from a craft store for $4-$5. The corner patch material might be old airplane cover material, the eyelets are what $2-$3 for 100. I use a shipping strap material to go on the luff that is a role for another $4. Once you have the material in had it is just a matter of cutting and bending it on. The cost mostly is in the labor. You could get a couple of hour tied up in making a suit. For us slow guys you could have 3.
We have a good mix of racers/builders and friends in our club. Beating the guy next to you is good, but keeping the enjoyment of sailing for everyone is more important.
I assume that the Clearphane sails are for light wind conditions.
I like the idea of making your own sails. The fact that they work well is an added bonus.
I have been flying rc planes for 20 years, and have a rather significant stock of Monokote left over from many planes I have built over the years, so corner reinforcing material will be no problem. You have to heat the Monokote to activate the adhesive on it, will this melt or shrink the sail material?
Any need for a sewing machine as we have one of those too?
I like that transparent material on the Black sails. Any idea what it is?
Again, thanks for all of the good advice. :)
If memory serves me right, its called "Spy 25". Excellant in low/no wind, and actually works pretty good up into the 10-15 knot area as well. Its extremely tough, as I have had a few accidents and haven't punctured or tore it yet. I have exactely the same material on an odom, and it does great on it too. Good stuff. Ron
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