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Old Feb 24, 2011, 08:54 AM
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What I like about the one listed is no need for modifications to the tray plus lightweight... (which is good except on the keel..)
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Old Feb 24, 2011, 09:07 AM
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Not even sure if with the added width the sail arm would fit... there are some other options with a lot more torque but way more pricey like this one:

http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...idProduct=9039

I was looking into that one at first but came into my senses...
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Old Feb 26, 2011, 02:40 PM
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BTW for the people considering buying the boat. I'm super happy with the boat and mine doesn't leak water at all.

Just needs a few tweaks if you want it to be great but right out of the box most will be perfectly pleased.
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Old Mar 04, 2011, 10:05 AM
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Just a quick update...
1. Ordered the Hobby King Blue Bird servo (stardard size but 3** some lbs/in of torque, 23 KG...)
2. Finished my very first sail (just the main). Made out of selophan or what ever the clear material is called to wrap flowers and gifts (material sponsored by MOM...). Will post pictures later on today but for my first set of sails turned out ok but it has way too much build in camber and tooooo little twist... (First time ever so I used cheap materials like duct tape and selophan...). Hopefully it will atleast sail...
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Old Mar 04, 2011, 11:27 AM
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Neat transam. Have seen some sails done out of the clear colored cellophane like material. Like the look , hope they last a little while, but at least were cheap to make.


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Old Mar 04, 2011, 01:49 PM
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Used the cellophane as a practice material before attempting to use mylar or ripstop... Good thing too because I learned quite a bit from this set...
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Old Mar 04, 2011, 02:22 PM
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Just a quick update...
1. Ordered the Hobby King Blue Bird servo (stardard size but 3** some lbs/in of torque, 23 KG...)
2. Finished my very first sail (just the main). Made out of selophan or what ever the clear material is called to wrap flowers and gifts (material sponsored by MOM...). Will post pictures later on today but for my first set of sails turned out ok but it has way too much build in camber and tooooo little twist... (First time ever so I used cheap materials like duct tape and selophan...). Hopefully it will atleast sail...
Careful with such high torque servos; they've been known to pull themselves from their mountings, 5kg/cm should be ample for the MM. Florist cellophane is usually 35 micron approx.
PS sorry I though I was on the MM thread. the servo rating looks more than enough for the Vela as well - 180-200 oz/inch of torque would seem reasonable for normal wind.
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Old Mar 04, 2011, 02:36 PM
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The vela has about 744 sq in of sail which is quite a bit plus i'm doing the double haul (which means i'm splitting my torque in two plus adding friction...)
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Old Mar 04, 2011, 05:57 PM
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Didnt get the opportunity to sail today but will do tomorrow and will take some shots... Heads up sails arent pretty at all... (tension wrinkles as if there was too much boom vang in)
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Old Mar 06, 2011, 07:57 PM
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Sailed quite a bit this weekend. The new main sail proved to be slower or about equal but harder to trim than stock sails. I did noticed that with a steady 5-7 mph wind the boat really shines. I have a couple of pictures of the boat with the cellophan sails. I did do my testing on about 3-5 mph which maybe my sail had too much cam... My sail also has some wrinkles that probably kill speed... Also noticed a bit of too much twist but was because there was so much cam up top that wanted the air exiting a bit more parallel to the boom. Any suggestion and criticism is appreciated...

attached are the pictures:
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Old Mar 06, 2011, 08:12 PM
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Great day on the lake today. I think String may have taken a few pictures.

Vela continues to show promise. Im fighting a fouling issue where the sheets exit the transom. They keep slipping over the drum roller and fouling between the drum and the drum bracket. Going to investigate a change in how the sheets transition out the transom and forward. May go to a single deck block like this one....



I put a pekabe 515 single block on the sail arm. Much better operation of the double haul sail arm now. Still need to increase the voltage operation to 6 volts. Double Haul setup has her still struggles with the kit rig when filled with air on 4.8volts.

She has good acceleration and boatspeed in most situations. Not a consistent as the proven Seawind, but she is a contender.

A nice set of race sails, a few running rigging tweaks, and I think she will compete very well.
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Old Mar 07, 2011, 12:30 PM
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Great Sailing Sunday. Got to late last night but will download some pics tonight.

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Old Mar 08, 2011, 08:49 AM
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Above pictures of JD's Vela and Bruces Seawind and my China Team.

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Old Mar 10, 2011, 07:33 PM
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Got my new servo in... awaiting install...
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 10:47 PM
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Finished servo installed. Had to improvise a bit. will test tomorrow
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