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Old Dec 26, 2015, 05:52 PM
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Schooner sail control

Greetings. I am planning on building a scale Yacht America from the Sterling kit, B-22-M. I'm wondering if anyone can guide me to information for type and layout for sail controls for schooners. I'm quite sure servos or sail winches have changed a great deal from when we raced I-54's and Soling One Designs some 10 to 12 years ago. Thank you for any help you might have.
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Old Dec 26, 2015, 11:53 PM
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Ah, so its THIS again. . .
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I just built that kit last year myself. I used a Hitec HS-785HB but I used an unconventional sheeting system. I really like the way it turned out,but it may not be for everyone.

Here is my build thread.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...erling+America

I used a working capstan to move my sheets.
Yacht America Build: Boom Swing Test (0 min 46 sec)

Yacht America Build: Capstan Drive (0 min 55 sec)

Yacht America Build: Working Sheet System. (0 min 37 sec)
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Old Dec 27, 2015, 12:11 PM
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sail control for schooner

Here's a video showing the sail control in my schooner.
RC Sailboat Build Detail - Sail Winch System (3 min 30 sec)
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Old Dec 27, 2015, 06:30 PM
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Hey thanks a lot you guys! Some real good information from both of you. Now I just need to start looking for various bits of hardware and electronics. I've had this kit for 20 years, wife bought it for my birthday way back when. Now that I've retired, it's finally time to get after the build. Again, my thanks to you both!
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Old Dec 27, 2015, 10:45 PM
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Ah, so its THIS again. . .
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Like I said, I just built this kit, and I sail it.

One thing you need, and dont let anyone tell you differently, is a drop keel with a weight on the end. But hey the cool thing is I just sourced this and I know exactly how to go about it.

Any questions you have, let me know if I have even the smallest chance of helping you out
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Old Dec 28, 2015, 04:00 PM
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Like I said, I just built this kit, and I sail it.

One thing you need, and dont let anyone tell you differently, is a drop keel with a weight on the end. But hey the cool thing is I just sourced this and I know exactly how to go about it.

Any questions you have, let me know if I have even the smallest chance of helping you out
Tell me more about the drop keel please, or I can find it in your build log?
So how does it sail? I'll bet it does a beam reach like a demon.
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Old Dec 30, 2015, 02:08 PM
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yup its in my build thread. But here are some pics.

I cut the keel and built a box to hold the keel from a Joysway RG65. Its aluminum. Then I cast the original keel bulb (metal) in plaster of paris and poured a lead keel to get the weight i wanted. I also put a couple of pounds of home made lead shot in the hull for ballast. But I wish I had done less of that and left the keel bulb heavier. As it is I had to go back and drill a crap load of holes in my bulb and file it down to get back up to my water line.
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Keel for America

There are all sorts of ways to build a model. I built this kit two years ago as the instructions showed. I used lead shot held in with polyester resin and no drop keel. My boat sails beautifully and quite like the original with no knock downs. It's just a matter of being on top of the wind, watching for gusts and sheeting properly. The designers of this kit really knew what they were doing! It's a great kit and an easy build.
Have fun and good luck!
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