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Old Jun 03, 2014, 06:27 PM
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CJ #503's maiden voyage.

I finally got to maiden CJ #503 last Friday, which is one of the days the local sailboat club is at the pond here in Sequim. I've made some adjustments and I'm hoping to test them this coming Friday. One of the club members took some pictures of it sailing and I've added some of them here. As you can see the main needed some tightening and it had a bit too much tendency to weather helm. I didn't get any water in the boat and I did have some concerns that that might happen. I had the lee rail buried a couple of times and I had a problem when I attached the deck in one spot. The first attempt at gluing it down failed. It happened right where the wave in picture four comes up to the edge of the deck. I also had some concerns about the standing rigging as I used Spectra Power Braid for the standing rigging and I used 1/4" long pieces of brass tubing for the sleeves.
Jim
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 06:54 PM
If it floats....sail it!
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Jim:

I like the color.

You may want to reconsider the Spectra as running rigging. I tried that on a US1M and found the shrouds would go slack when kept under a load. Turns out the Spectra is know to "creep" under constant loads. I also found that the shrouds were more easily tangled when stored.

I went to single strand SS wire and have been happy with it. The length changes a little with changes in temperature, but nothing drastic. Your local fishing tackle shop should have SS wire leader in a variety of sizes.
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 09:02 PM
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Steve,
Thanks for the comments, I'll keep an eye on it. I had read about Spectra creeping before I tried the stuff I'm using, but this is designed for downriggers and is not supposed to creep or stretch. I think that it is different than the fishing line. You would want some stretch in a fishing line to cushion the shock of the strike, but you wouldn't want any stretch in a downrigger line because you want to know that you are at the depth where the fish are. I'll find out as I keep the boat rigged here at the house. It fits in the back of my truck so I don't have to unrig it to take it sailing. I haven't unrigged it since I rigged it the first time.
I believe you about the tangling it is very thin and flexible for it's breaking strength. It is rated at 175 lbs. This is also a product of my local fishing shop, they carry it in bulk and it is just a few cents a foot so it is very economical to buy the amount you need for an RC sailboat.
Very thin, less drag, boat goes faster.
Jim
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 09:30 PM
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I hope it works for you.

RE: shroud size. You would be surprised how much difference it makes in the windage drag. I waved a US1M around in the air before and after going to smaller wire and I believe I could feel the difference.

Now that the boat is in the water, are you going to be able to make the NCR this fall?
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Old Jun 03, 2014, 10:03 PM
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Hi Jim,


Congratulations on your maiden voyage. It sure looks nice.


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Old Jun 03, 2014, 10:49 PM
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Steve,
I'd love to make that, but I've had to put my wife in a nursing facility because she has Alzheimer's and in order to get her on Medicaid to pay for it I had to lock up about 60% of my IRA in a zero interest annuity for 5 years. This meant that I had to reduce my IRA draw by 40% and all of her Social Security goes to her care. This type of care in this area is about $8600 per month. Even if she were to pass away, my financial situation wouldn't improve because the annuity has to have the state as the beneficiary and it has to live for five years. I am able to take out regular payments, but to optimize the return on my IRA it is better to take out a yearly distribution, which has to be rolled over to my regular IRA where I can reinvest it. If I don't do that it gets taxed.
We lived out by Folsom Lake for 25 years between '73 and '98 so I'd really like to revisit the area.
I don't mean to be hijacking this thread, but speaking from experience if you are starting to get on in years, find yourselves a good senior attorney and find out how things work in your state and get what every you need in place. My wife is only 73 and she started showing signs in her early 60's. Once a doctor mentions Alzheimer's or dementia long term care is no longer an option and having it can cause some complications if you need to get someone on Medicaid so you can afford their care.
Anyone interested in more information on my experience with this disease and what I had to do to set up my finances can pm me.
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