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Old Jun 10, 2015, 10:44 AM
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Achilles Heel?!

#14 is good to go…….ooops
Hull assembly is complete with everything in its place, and
Standing rigging is up and running as intended (almost), and
Tx - Rx channels assigned as intended with various endpoints set for maxi perfomance, BUT………

The Barney Post deck fitting allows the Post fo move when the jib power-vang is tightened…..not good. The movement causes the forstay to fail….bad.

Turns out, that searching for the Barney Post alignment "sweet-spot" requred the deck fitting to be elongated. That proper angle was found, however, the elogation of the hole now allows the post, when under pressure from the vang, to straighten. The straightening causes the L attachment to slip from the base plate eyelet causing the entire standing rigging to FAIL……damn, damn, damn.

What do do?!
Texted guru buddy, Steve in SoCal with a picture of the part and its measurements, and
drew an outline of the deck fitting, and
snapped an iPhone pic of the outline sending it as a PDF file, and
guru converted PDF outline into a Sold Works isometeric file, and
bootstrapped the SW file to the 3D printer which made a new deck fitting, and
overnighted the new fitting from SoCal to NorCal for installation Thursday AM, so #14 can splash Thursday PM for the first time..

Not that anyone cares, but that was an awesome display of modern productivity small scale.
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Old Jun 11, 2015, 12:02 AM
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I gotta ask--with all these complications and third party builders and fabrication, how much money have you got into this thing?
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Old Jun 11, 2015, 01:04 AM
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Well 38 is nearing completion. If all goes well the boat should go for a test sail on Saturday. There are only a few things left to do. The rig is totally complete with the exception of the sheet attachment points and bowsie adjusters on the jib and main booms. After all the engineering and layout challenges that come with a project of this size, I sure hope the boat sails well. Ryan
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Old Jun 11, 2015, 01:25 AM
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how much is too much

Tom,
re the cost…not going there re #14.

But, the 2012, Adrian Olsen Wheeler brochure lists a "turn-key" high tech WOD for $7,300.
Several Wheeler owners said +$4,000 is a good ballpark do-it-yourself figure,
I know of several that sold for about $2000 used but ready to sail.
Another-needing retro fitting-was bought for $1000.
My first (derelict) Wheeler cost $650.
There are opportunities to exploit depending on your interest.
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Old Jun 13, 2015, 02:36 AM
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Baring any problems, tomorrow should see three wheelers out on Spreckles Lake practicing with two being newly launched or refitted. Should be fun if all goes well. Ryan
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Old Jun 13, 2015, 09:39 AM
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All ahead full!

#14 spent 1.5 hrs on Spreckles Lake Friday. All controls work Okay which is awesome considering everything is new. The wind was light 4mph-6mph nevertheless, #14 ghosted along causing passers by to stop and watch.

One thing became very clearwhile launching and retriving. This 34 lbs boat is a lot easier to handle when two people are on hand to help with this Wheeler. Friday, I was solo on the lake but launching and retriving was made easy with strangers lending a hand.

Some Wheeler owners make a T handle that screws on the keel bolt and use that for launching and retriving. That looks awkward. The plan is to stick with a shoreline volunteer for now. Perhaps someone will come up with a heavy boat launch tool design. This boat will certainly require something more sturdy than the Santa Barbara PVC launch bar.

Looks like 7 Wheelers will race Sunday. More boats are better (up to a point).
All ahead full…..
JT
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Old Jun 14, 2015, 01:39 AM
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Well issues with the rudder linkage system that I did not foresee and dropping the rudder and having to repair a chip in it caused 38 to miss making an appearance at Spreckles today. Tomorrow is a new day, all issues seem to be resolved this evening and all is in place to head over to SF Sunday. Jerry making a T handle would not be that big of a deal, probably a good idea.
Ryan
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Old Jun 14, 2015, 10:38 PM
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Well seven wheelers sailed on Spreckles lake today for the second race of the Bay Area Wheeler series and race two for the Wheeler fleet at SFMYC. Good wind for most of the day, so gusts causing boats to go fast. Overall great sailing day. Jerry T. had his new boat on the water, and lookin good. Nancy's 38 made its refit debut and sailed well for its first time. Unfortunately RMG issues caused some sheeting problems that will need to be looked at. A collision later in the day put a hole in the boat somehow, so that was it for 38. My boat 16 sailed the first three races and then the RMG winch packed it in for some reason. Guess both 38's and 16's winches will be going to Dave Ramos for repair.
Gary Boell and Jeff Depew sailed well all day and took first and second. Thanks to Bernard Price and Bruce Edinger for helping run starts and do scoring. Ryan
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Old Jun 15, 2015, 09:11 PM
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SFMYC Wheeler R2

SFMYCs Wheeler Regatta #2 found 7 giant model sailboats racing 10 heats Sunday, June 14th.
Cloudy skies, winds 10mph-14mph, with gusts to 16mph found the AMYAs largest model race boats flying up-n-down the lake for most of the day.

#66, Gary Boell-1st, Jeff Depew-2nd (class secretary), #6, Dave Misunas-3rd, ,#5, Richard Ludt-4th, #14 (2014) Jerry Turney,-5th #38, Nancy Barbata-6th, #16, Ryan Schofield-7th challenged the leaders throughout this close fought 10 heat regatta.

Sometimes a race within a race captures the audience's attention.
Race 8 (of 10) was an excellent example.
#6 and #14 battled up the shoreline from leeward to the finish but stalled in a brief calm 5' from the finish line-"Spreckeled!"
4th-7th place racers bore down on #6 & #14 closing the gap minute by minute.
At the last second, a puff hit the two stalled leaders launching their 34lb boats across the finish line.
RD, Bernard Price, on his knees monitoring the finish line, called it with #6 edging out #14 by less than a ½". Onlookers hooted and hollered at the photofinish.
Racing-for the audience and spectators-doesn't get any better.

Wheeler Race Day R2, 2015 was a huge success. Lets give a big shoutout to the RD and the many helpers plus Wheeler skippers one-n-all.

All ahead full…….
JET

pictures by Kate Turney
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