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Old Jul 07, 2010, 07:26 AM
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See post 543 above....sailrc is the only place I know of that has them right now. Go here:

http://sailrc.com/sailrcnirvana/Nirvana_Store.html
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Old Jul 11, 2010, 07:33 AM
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There are some good action shots of our Nirvanas in this video.

Crash's Crashes Vol. 1 (3 min 38 sec)
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Old Jul 11, 2010, 10:31 AM
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Great video seen some of my best work.
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Old Jul 11, 2010, 07:10 PM
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Super Video!!!

Crash,
I am still laughing at the Nirvana footage. I thought our group had some agressive racing tactics, but man you take the cake! I think if I were to race with you, I'd get a Mr. Darby tug boat!!
I was wondering just how much pre-race consumption took place this day?

Looks like your group needs a fleet of recovery boats. Seriously, fun stuff.
More!
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Old Jul 12, 2010, 07:24 AM
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hahahaha....thanks guys. Actually I do have bow bumpers on my Nirvanas and most of those more agressive video shots were my playing tag with my wifes yellow "Miss Sunshine" boat. I had harrased her most of the day, but she paid me back by de-masting my jib.
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Old Jul 17, 2010, 03:13 PM
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Nirvana re-fit / upgrade :what have I done ?

Hi Guys
I have a '06 Nirvana, been kind of a shelf queen.I had the usual original equipment problems and just set this aside as I now sail in two other AMYA classes with our club. Finally got to the point were I collected enough spare parts and decided this summer my Nirvana was getting wet again .
I now had a pair of Futaba servo's to use,and a better radio,and a crazy idea.
I took pictures , so.......lets begin.

oh , in picture #6-I forgot to say,I drilled a hole from elec. compartment thru to inside of cabin top so I
could have a female conn. in the new battery location and wired into the on/off switch .thats the wire
you see sticking up out of the box that holds the batt. pack. hole sealed with caulk after.
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Old Jul 18, 2010, 05:23 PM
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Fuzzy focus

thorsail,
Some of your photos are a "tad" out of focus. When I enlarge your photos they go way out of focus. I thought it was me at first, so I found my good pair of glasses, but they were still fuzzy.

I am not sure I understand the wooden battery box. I wonder if putting batteries and the wooded box forward of the original location will affect the trim or handling of your boat, and if it will comply with the class rules? My concern would be by moving weight forward, it could result in bow diving situation? Might be interesting to weigh your modified set up vs. the original battery pack to see how much weight you have added. Just a thought. A nice wooded hatch cover might look good over the new opening you made. It would be pretty easy to fabricate.

i have not messed around with my Nirvana but, I have played around with adding weight to the ballast of other RC Sailboats (Seawind and Monsoon) to improve handling in heavier winds.
(It worked.) On my Yamaha RTW, I added a little weigtht to the stern to see if the added weight would cause the bow to lift a little bit higher under certain wind conditions. That too worked, but it took a lot of trail and error to get the results I was looking for.

Back in April, (see post # 279 of this thread)"ragss" posted a picture of a modified keel/ballast he made for his Nirvana. I have been hoping he'd let us know how the new keel worked out. It sure looked nice.

I look forward to seeing some photos of your Nirvana in action!
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Old Jul 18, 2010, 07:11 PM
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Hey Boomer
1) the basswood box idea is just to keep the battery pack in position on the
centerline of the Nirvana - prolly 17 other ways to do it , this seemed easy?
didn't want pack moving around-wouldn't put it loose down in there.
oh , and it just requires dropping the pack in there-not even velcro needed.
2)wooden hatch -actually what I wanted was a little rectangular tupperware
container so it would be watertight - ALMOST had the right thing from Harbor
Freight(3.5" longx2"widex1"deep) but it defied all my attempts to make 'em
stay dry-had a hinged cover , not a "pop top" . it's a hard size to find , and there are space restrictions on the Nirvana cabin top.so , had to compromise.
3)the battery pack weighs 5.45 oz.---four AAs with case weigh 3.65 oz.
difference of 1.8 ounces between the two - and , the pack I now use is
lower in the boat and right behind the keel.it should change nothing...except
I now have longer run time AND more torque going to the servo's by running
at 6v versus 4.8v.
4)If the class rules mattered to me I wouldn't have changed anything - or sold this boat into a fleet that races them ..no one around races Nirvana's - I took a un-sailable boat and got it going again -for almost no $.

I took the Nirvana with me today to the pond , sailed it around before our
Soling 1M races started - what a blast ! it was tracking upwind like it was
some $2K carbon fiber meter class hull. This really is a dandy boat.
here's a couple more pics.
thanks for reading about "this old boat" project #1,July 2010
Allan
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Old Jul 18, 2010, 09:17 PM
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Got it!

Thorsail,
Nice pics of your boat! I never noticed any lack of torque or power on the factory servos, but would image your new Futabas and the higher voltage are giving superior response and control.

I have an new OEM metal gear sail servo on hand should the orginal go south on me. I don't know the specs on it but, I tried it on a larger sailboat, and it worked fine.

When I was introduced to RC Sailing, my Mentor told me it is a good pratice to carry back up servos with me on my outings. I have taken his advise. So far, I have not had to use any of them.

Glad you have your Nivana back on the water. Enjoy.
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I took the Nirvana with me today to the pond , sailed it around before our
Soling 1M races started - what a blast ! it was tracking upwind like it was
some $2K carbon fiber meter class hull. This really is a dandy boat.
here's a couple more pics.
Allan
Good to see her where she belongs...on the wet stuff. These boats do sail pretty good and are a great value for the price.
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Old Jul 30, 2010, 09:33 AM
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Megatech has Nirvana ll RC Boats in stock

FYI -just got an e-mail from Megatech advertising they now have boats in stock, and are selling them for $299.99 in the 3 standard colors.

Regardless of the price, it is nice to know they are back.

Wonder how long before any of their dealers get some. Seems to me that this price is higher than before? I never had to pay that much.

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Old Jul 30, 2010, 11:15 AM
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I wonder what was so wrong with the OLD models that that they were forced to discontinue them? Toxic plastics of some kind?
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Old Jul 30, 2010, 11:40 AM
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I wonder what was so wrong with the OLD models that that they were forced to discontinue them? Toxic plastics of some kind?
Go back to post #543 for the answer to that.

$299....I would check with sailrc.com before I got one there.

http://sailrc.com/sailrcnirvana/Nirvana_Store.html
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Old Jul 30, 2010, 01:43 PM
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I suspect this may be older inventory

It seems likely that this inventory is 08 and/or 09 product (which is fine) that may have been on hold pending
resolution of any $$$$ issues.

I can't image a modifications at this point, just based on the expense for new tooling. No matter, the boats work fine as they are.

Good news for those who couldn't find one during their "hiatus".

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Old Aug 15, 2010, 07:32 AM
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gee, I buy a boat, everybody leaves....
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