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Old Apr 25, 2014, 02:24 PM
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Wench ?? or winch

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Wench:
/wenCH/
noun
archaichumorous

noun: wench; plural noun: wenches

a girl or young woman.

archaic

a prostitute.

verb
archaic
(of a man) consort with prostitutes
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Old Apr 25, 2014, 03:02 PM
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Mine came with a wench. Your did not, huh? I fixed the post. Thanks. :-P
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Old Jul 06, 2014, 07:15 PM
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Anyone out there in sailboat land have a picture of the insides of the Westward 18. I picked one up at a garage sale and need to reinstall the receiver and batteries and it seems there isn't enough room. I've built many sailboats but this one puzzles me. Thanks for your help.
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Old Jul 06, 2014, 10:45 PM
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Westward 18

Anyone out there in sailboat land have a picture of the insides of the Westward 18. I picked one up at a garage sale and need to reinstall the receiver and batteries and it seems there isn't enough room. I've built many sailboats but this one puzzles me. Thanks for your help.
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Old Jul 07, 2014, 12:14 AM
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Here you go.
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Old Jul 07, 2014, 10:21 AM
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Westward pix

Thanks for the pix. Wasn't sure where to put the receiver. This helps a lot.
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Old Jul 12, 2014, 09:27 AM
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Receiver position

My boat came with the receiver loose in the boat. I have not added a battery switch and so I have left it "floating" on the battery case and under the jib sheet line. This has worked out well as I can easily take the receiver out to easy disconnect the battery from it.

Tucking it on the side, as in the picture, may expose the receiver to water in the boat, especially when heeled. Just a thought.
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Old Jul 25, 2014, 09:53 PM
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I recently bought one of these. It sails fine for a small boat but wind strength can be an issue. Anything 10 and under is just fine, 20 is out of the question.

I raced full sized boats for several decades and have been flying RC planes and helis but just started getting into these RC sailboats. It's a pleasure and very relaxing compared to flying.

Mine required some rework on the sail rigging. The hull is not fibreglass - it's made of ABS and coated with what appears like gelcoat that can chip off.

Even though i've been taping the hatch on to prevent water intrusion, it still gets wet inside. Not sure where the water enters yet.

This is very transportable and that's why I bought it. For racing I intend to get involved with the 1 metre class, probably a soling unless anyone has a better suggestion.
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Old Jul 27, 2014, 07:04 AM
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Hi Guys,

New offering from Pro Boat was just announced. It's called the Westward 18, and it's an 18", I guess "Ultra-Micro" sized sailboat. ...

Here are the specs:

Westward 18 Sailboat RTR

Specs
Length: 18 1/8 in (460mm)
Beam: 4 3/8 in (111mm)
Mast Height: 22 3/4 in (578mm)
Radio: Spektrum 2.4Ghz 2-stick Transmitter(DX2M)/ Spektrum MR200 Receiver
Hull Material: Fiberglass
Hull Type: Deep-V
Sail Material: Rip-stop nylon
Sail Area (Main): 66 in (1676mm)
Sail Area (Jib): 45.75 in (1162mm)
Sail Area (Overall): 111.73 in (2838mm)
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
Are the sails on these reasonable quality? Do they keep their shape after they get wet?

I'm still looking for a set of sails for my B Square aka Hobby Engine or Graupner University Club Yacht & my Sea Lite - the Sea Lite is almost identical to the B Square except for simple bang bang controls, and the colour scheme. The stock sails on both are a little too big, and got bigger when they got wet, so they're now next to useless.

My boats are a little longer than the Westward 18 (515mm / 20 1/4" long and 120mm / 4 3/4" beam), but the sails aren't all that much bigger. I'd rather have sails that are smaller than too big and baggy.

It ought to have a main sail with about a 23" luff (which is also the height) and about an 8" foot. The mast is in two sections so it's easy to trim it down, plus they're not stiff enough so the whole thing might get replaced at some point.

The official figures for the W18 main sail are Luff: 20-5/8 inch, Foot: 7-1/2 inch, Leech: 27 inch, which seems close enough. They don't give measurements for the jib but the proportions look close enough.
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Old Oct 08, 2014, 08:38 AM
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Transmitter detent

Is there a way to eliminate the spring detent on the throttle channel of the DX2M?
When using this stick for sail control the spring is very annoying.
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Old Oct 08, 2014, 03:36 PM
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gleninst,

I haven't looked inside a DX2M, but on the transmitters I have looked at, it's always done with a notched plate, and a small copper plate that rubs against it, with a kink in it to sit into the notches / detents.

You can bend the copper plate out of the way, but it will then probably move too easily, and not stay put. You can squeeze the plate flat with pliers (take it off first, usually), then bend it back to get enough friction.

You can also try a small piece of fuel tubing, or similar, over the copper plate, without flattening it - maybe lightly glue it at the fixed end of the plate (Goop or UHU Por might work), or possibly hold it with the screw that usually goes through the plate at that end, or replace that with a longer screw,
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I just joined the ranks of sailing RC enthusiasts with my recent purchase of this boat. It's perfect for me as I live in the city, so I was looking for something small. On setup, I had to sort out the following:

* RX wasn't bound to the TX, so I had to rebind. In the process of powering it up, the main servo went full down/sheet in, and visibly pulled the jib tack/boom down towards the hull. The RX LED was solid red, but the TX sheet and rudder controls didn't move the servos. I also saw that the sheets were snagging on parts. The main sheet in particular ended up binding on something in the hull and was wrapped around the servo horn for the rudder.
* I pulled the battery case out, and before I can pull a battery out, I noticed the RX LED went off. Of course, on closer inspection, I noticed the ground wire from the battery pack to the servo connector completely snapped and the power/red wire was visibly kinked and the red insulation was more white than red near the connector.

Here's what I had to do:

* I make my own servo leads/extensions and had plenty of extra pins for the male connector/female pins, so I snipped off the one wire still connected to the JR connector, and stripped/crimped new pins on.

* I removed the screw to the drum on top of the sheet servo and pulled the drum out with a needle nose, and re-wound the main and jib sheets, but the main and jib were loose, but the manual said at the lowest servo setting, the sheets/sails have to be taut. I still have to un-cleat the sheets and trim the sails better.

Once I trim the sails, and water proof the electronics a bit better (CorrosionX) and a balloon around the battery pack, seal up the hatch, and try to figure out how to make the main sheet not bind inside the hull, it should be water ready. I'm new to RC sailing, but have sailed boats up to Rhodes-19's, so that's why I'm kind of going extreme with the water proofing.
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