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Old Aug 10, 2012, 11:04 AM
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A Star (45) is born! (I hope!)

Ok, so this will be my first full size scratch build. Also, my first r/c sailboat. I think I have a reasonably good handle on what I'm doing (famous last words), but I welcome any input from here on out! And please, please stop me if I'm about to do something stupid! I'd rather learn from your mistakes than mine!
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 05:53 PM
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Ok, so this will be my first full size scratch build. Also, my first r/c sailboat. I think I have a reasonably good handle on what I'm doing (famous last words), but I welcome any input from here on out! And please, please stop me if I'm about to do something stupid! I'd rather learn from your mistakes than mine!
Congrats! This reminds me that I need to get started building mine, good luck with the build.

Andy
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 06:31 PM
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Well that has some nice lines to it.

Nicely chosen.
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 07:34 PM
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Star 45s are raced extensively as a one design class, is this what you have in mind? Where did you get your plans?
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 09:07 PM
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This is what I would do differently the next time.

First is that the hatch opening is in exactly the wrong place as it sits where I want to sheet the main. I would locate the winch and radio equipment so that I could install a main sheeting post.

On the Star, the jib boom is short and the main boom is long. I run a drum winch and so to keep things simple, the movement of the sheets is the same for both jib and main. So the sheeting point on the main needs to be similar (actually slightly shorter) to the length from the jib boom swivel to the jib boom sheeting point. This determines the position of the main sheeting post aft of the gooseneck, and hence the need to relocate the main hatch/interior access.

The Star will bury its bow when pressed and so I would try to keep weight central and aft. So I would position the winch to one side of the hull aft just of the fin,and cover the access hole with a sticky deck patch. Then I would use a pot (popular in the IOM class) to contain the Rx and battery set in the deck for watertight and easy access for on/off and battery change/charging on the opposite side. Then, aft of the sheeting post on centre, I would place the rudder servo and rudder access - with cut outs with sticky patches.

I would modify the bow section to incorporate a bow bumper shaped to the hull shape.

John
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 09:15 PM
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Star 45s are raced extensively as a one design class, is this what you have in mind? Where did you get your plans?
Plans can be found http://woodstar45.blogspot.com/2006/...r45-plans.html and for purchase here http://www.shipsstoremodelyacht.com/...ans,%20Etc.htm They are also in the file section of the star 45 yahoo group.

On my boats I have the winch under the mast then the battery next to the fin.
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 07:13 PM
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Slotracer, that is exactly where I found the plans! It's the closest thing to hand- holding I could find!
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 07:18 PM
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hiljoball, That's exactly the kind input I'm hoping for! Building the boat is one thing.... making her actually sail is something altogether different!
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 07:27 PM
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squandary,
I'm going to try to keep her to class specs, but she'll never race. There is nobody to race with where I live, and frankly, I don't have a competitive bone in my body. Just want her to sail!
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Old Aug 12, 2012, 11:27 AM
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Windjammin sails makes a great tuning guide which shows how to rig a star. I have used Scotts tuning with good results.

John
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Old Aug 13, 2012, 11:35 AM
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Aww man! you stole the thread name I was going to use when I started building one!!

she's looking good so far! can't wait to see more progress!
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 05:02 PM
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Progress report

I have been remiss in updating this, but life sort of got in the way for a bit. Back at it now! The hull has been West Systemed, inside & out. The keel and rudder are built and ready for paint (that will be one of the last things I do). At present I'm dry fitting deck planking, and hoping it's going to be as pretty as I imagined!
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 10:57 PM
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Nice to see someone else building one of these.

I just started building a Star 45 this past weekend. At the moment, the hull bottom is nearly planked. Even half planked, the boat has a beautiful hull.

Keep us updated! I'll be watching with a keen eye while building my Star.
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Old Sep 26, 2012, 11:35 PM
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Here are some great pics of a Star 45 build by Ken Bauser
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenbauser/
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Old Sep 27, 2012, 08:04 AM
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Those ARE great pics; he makes it look so easy!
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