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Old Nov 03, 2012, 03:00 PM
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Thats why we decided on sailboats over power as they don't get stuck in the middle of the pond. We spent a lot of time watching and talking to the power guys and watching them put their boats in the water only to top runnung in the middle of the pond after several minutes. Then out comes the fishing rod with tennis ball on the line to retreave their boat. At least a sailboat stays upright and drifts inro shore sooner or later. That plus the cost of fuel here in Hawaii even new batteries each week is cheaper than glow fuel and glow plugs.
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 03:59 PM
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What is with this site lately...

...it keeps forgetting who I am and makes me log in...

One of the reasons we do lipo power fast boats is it's a lot cheaper/more dependable power. They don't need rescued that much. Actually I rescue as many or more sailboats...usually due to reciever power failure...or other loss of control.

Sure is good to have a rescue boat when needed....
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 05:42 PM
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Yup..I dont do nitro/glow either..just gas..its 4 bucks a gallon, and I might use 1/3 gallon for the day..with no every 10 min come change batteries..

Anything fast goes sky side up now and then..if it dont, it aint fast..

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Old Nov 03, 2012, 07:06 PM
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Could someone confirm that mode 2 is the correct radio setup? Thanks. Is for sailboat, I want the rudder on the right.
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 08:11 PM
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LOL.. aint heard THAT in a while..I used to fly both, 1+2.. but, its up to you and how you prefer your controls..
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Old Nov 03, 2012, 08:35 PM
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For sailboats the throttle side (operates the sails) and typically is the left stick which is Mode 2.
Hope that helps.
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Old Nov 04, 2012, 06:33 AM
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I do throttle up (power up) on the left stick (just like on aircraft) for the power boats. I also use throttle up on the sail boats to open my sails....but that is just me...
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Old Nov 04, 2012, 06:49 AM
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Thanks Boomer and Crash, replacing radio in my Seawind and just wanted to confirm mode 2 was what I wanted.
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Old Nov 04, 2012, 08:23 AM
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Thanks Boomer and Crash, replacing radio in my Seawind and just wanted to confirm mode 2 was what I wanted.
What radio are you gettin? So many to choose from it makes it a bit of a decision. I fly RC aircraft so I have a full featured radio (RDS8000 Airtronics) It works for all of my needs but believe there are easier radios to program.

Sailboats don't need a computer based operating system, but there are a few features of computer style radios that can be incorporated into sailing. Examples could include rudder throw, rudder speed, sail reach and speed. These things are absolutely optional and not critical to sail successfully. Just a little more fun.

I've got tired of buying expensive extra receivers for my radio to use in my various boats and planes, so I have begun to use the 2.4 radios that came with some of my airplanes. The are typically 4 channel basic radios - they all work with out issues.

If I were to get a new high end radio, it'd most likely be a Futaba. Don't see that happening for a while. $$$$$

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Old Nov 04, 2012, 10:23 AM
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Could someone confirm that mode 2 is the correct radio setup? Thanks. Is for sailboat, I want the rudder on the right.
I use mode 2.
Right stick for rudder (aileron channel)
Left stick for sails (throttle channel), up is sails out, down is sail in.

I use a Spektrum DX6i dsmx transmitter and a combination of Spektrum and Hobby King orange receivers. ($45-$75 for the Spektrums and $5.95 for the HK)
All perform flawlessly, and the 2.4 GHZ does away with channel conflicts.

I also have a DX5e Spektrum TX, but it doesn't have as many adjustments or a model memory like the 6 channel does. With the 6 channel TX I can adjust my servo travel (sail servo), and use some expo settings on my rudder to eliminate the twitchy thumb problem, for smoother sailing.
I hate watching a sailboat get jerked around by twitchy thumbs, very unscale like.
Slows you down too!

Hope this helps.
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Old Nov 04, 2012, 03:54 PM
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I also use mode 2.
Right stick for rudder (left = turn left, right = turn right)
Left stick for sails (throttle channel), up is sails out, down is sail in.

Using the HobbyKing 4 channel 2.4GHz units ($25 for a TX and RX) - I use the non-computer ones, easy to adjust in most cases. No endpoint adjustment on them though... I use a mechanical stop if I need to shorten the endpoint (see pic below).
See http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...2_Mode_2_.html

I have one radio per boat - that way when someone turns up for a chat I can give them the radio and then grab another boat and go sailing with them!!

Works for me
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Old Nov 04, 2012, 05:21 PM
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Penguin, I looked at that radio but wondered if at $25 was it any good? Do you recommend it to someone that doesn't need all the fancy stuff?
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Old Nov 04, 2012, 07:16 PM
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Rick, a bit back you said something about the little jet aint gonna run to good with no induction system, and today I was lookin at that, so I added a hilborn and a mallory mag.. makes a BIG difference..

Amazing what polishing some aluminum tubing,and dying some weed trimmer nylon string does..

ps. firing order is correct..

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Old Nov 04, 2012, 08:44 PM
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Now that's bringing the heat!

All you need now is one of the rooster tail kits they sell for the full size jet boats and you have it.

Nice work. I am always so impressed with your paint work.

David


QUOTE=chidago;23183578]Rick, a bit back you said something about the little jet aint gonna run to good with no induction system, and today I was lookin at that, so I added a hilborn and a mallory mag.. makes a BIG difference..

Amazing what polishing some aluminum tubing,and dying some weed trimmer nylon string does..

ps. firing order is correct..

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Old Nov 04, 2012, 09:50 PM
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Now dhat's want I'm talkin' bout! Big block horse pressure!! Nice-a-work!
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