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Old Jan 19, 2013, 10:51 AM
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Don't be afraid of used boats, I have 4 now and no problems, actually, sometimes used can be better as the previous owner may have upgraded the electronics and addressed known issues with a particular part of the boat. Good luck with your endevour and I know your will enjoy your Nirvanas once you get going.

Great observation!

My experience has been with used helis, there are a myriad of things to fail that you can't see with the naked eye!

ARF boats tend to be a tried and true process!

Not a whole lot of things to go broke that aren't screamingly obvious!

All the best!

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Old Jan 19, 2013, 10:28 PM
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First Sailboat

I am an airplane guy but I'm buying my first sailboat tomorrow. It's a used Nirvana. Looking for basic setup and how to sail tips. Thanks.
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 11:02 PM
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I am an airplane guy but I'm buying my first sailboat tomorrow. It's a used Nirvana. Looking for basic setup and how to sail tips. Thanks.
Welcome! Are you getting an owner's manual with your boat. If not we can provide one for you which you can download. All the basic information to get you started can be found within the manual.
Once you have read that manual - about a 5 to 10 minutes - you will have a decent sense of how to get the boat set up and ready to sail.
Let us know if you need a manual - There are a number of common sense things to remember but read the book then ask some more questions.

Did the boat come with a radio if so, which one? That is a starting point. Earlier RC sailboats including Nirvana's we sold with 27mhz radios that are susceptible to interference by other devises that transmit on the same frequency. Knowing that is important as it is possible to sailing your boat and lose control of it when some dolt microwaves a burrito near by. Stranger things have happened.
The newer boats come with 2.4ghz radios that don't have this kind of susceptibility. Good to know. Since you are an airplane guy you probably are in touch with these issues.
It's worth understanding those older style radios and their limitations. Always use fresh batteries, always check for water leaks prior to sending your boat out to the deep water. Always have a recovery plan - you need to have some way to retrieve your boat if the wind stops, or you get stuck on submerged water plants growing in the pond or lake. There are so many ways, even a good fishing pole with treble hook can work. Know the lake's depth and of any known hazards, like fountains that can kill sailboats, ropes that are submerged - really just little things that make sense and become 2nd nature to you after you have been sailing for a while.
If you can find a local sailing club or know of some friends that sail, that would be a great help to you in getting started.
If you'd like to chat, shoot a PM to me with your phone number and we can chat and go over a few things to get you started.
Again, welcome
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Welcome Sgt. Markov...

...the manual is in this huge thread somewhere, but I went ahead and uploaded it again at the end of the 1st post, on page 1 of this thread, in PDF format so anyone who needs it can find it.

We have a great crew here and most of the guys can answer about anything you need to know about this boat. Post us some pics and stories when you get a chance...again welcome to the thread...Crash
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 09:12 AM
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Welcome! Are you getting an owner's manual with your boat. If not we can provide one for you which you can download. All the basic information to get you started can be found within the manual.
Once you have read that manual - about a 5 to 10 minutes - you will have a decent sense of how to get the boat set up and ready to sail.
Let us know if you need a manual - There are a number of common sense things to remember but read the book then ask some more questions.

Did the boat come with a radio if so, which one? That is a starting point. Earlier RC sailboats including Nirvana's we sold with 27mhz radios that are susceptible to interference by other devises that transmit on the same frequency. Knowing that is important as it is possible to sailing your boat and lose control of it when some dolt microwaves a burrito near by. Stranger things have happened.
The newer boats come with 2.4ghz radios that don't have this kind of susceptibility. Good to know. Since you are an airplane guy you probably are in touch with these issues.
It's worth understanding those older style radios and their limitations. Always use fresh batteries, always check for water leaks prior to sending your boat out to the deep water. Always have a recovery plan - you need to have some way to retrieve your boat if the wind stops, or you get stuck on submerged water plants growing in the pond or lake. There are so many ways, even a good fishing pole with treble hook can work. Know the lake's depth and of any known hazards, like fountains that can kill sailboats, ropes that are submerged - really just little things that make sense and become 2nd nature to you after you have been sailing for a while.
If you can find a local sailing club or know of some friends that sail, that would be a great help to you in getting started.
If you'd like to chat, shoot a PM to me with your phone number and we can chat and go over a few things to get you started.
Again, welcome
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...the manual is in this huge thread somewhere, but I went ahead and uploaded it again at the end of the 1st post, on page 1 of this thread, in PDF format so anyone who needs it can find it.

We have a great crew here and most of the guys can answer about anything you need to know about this boat. Post us some pics and stories when you get a chance...again welcome to the thread...Crash
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I am an airplane guy but I'm buying my first sailboat tomorrow. It's a used Nirvana. Looking for basic setup and how to sail tips. Thanks.

Welcome and +1! on the above!

Recall how you were addicted to the "planks"?

Sailboats are just as bad!

What a wonderful way to kill an hour and a half!!

All the best!

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Old Jan 20, 2013, 05:22 PM
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First outing of the year! No wind to speak of, just enough to stay in front of my friends Vela!
We finally got some normal weather about 75 still gets into the 30s at night but just beautiful days!
Excuse the picture - taken with my phone shooting into the sun. Not enough wind to make it really fun, but at least we got on the water!
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 08:24 PM
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Boomer,

Great piccy of a great day!

Friends cutting out tomorrow after a few days and wifey has homework! I see me testing the "chair, drink and snack" measure of day sailing!

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Yamaha RTW new in the box on E-bay

Anyone looking for a new in the box Yamaha RTW there is one on E-bay right now. One day left - here's the link:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tamiya-RC-Sa...-/261156124962

Bid at this posting is $405 plus shipping charge of $33.23 which is very reasonable for this big of box.
Check it out.

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Old Jan 21, 2013, 01:41 PM
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That Yamaha looks a treat!

On another note, wifey joined me down at the lake for some air boating and sailing!

Even got her to run the airboat!

I don't have a willing partner though as it just ain't her thang!

All the best!

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Here!
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Old Jan 21, 2013, 11:08 PM
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First outing of the year! No wind to speak of, just enough to stay in front of my friends Vela!
We finally got some normal weather about 75 still gets into the 30s at night but just beautiful days!
Excuse the picture - taken with my phone shooting into the sun. Not enough wind to make it really fun, but at least we got on the water!
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Looks great Boomer.

We're in the middle of a deep freeze up here. No snow to speak of, too cold to snow. BRRR!

It's minus 12 right now and that is going to be tomorrow's high.
Going down to minus 18 tomorrow night. That's centigrade!!
That's about 1 below zero Fahrenheit.

Guess all the waters gone hard by now.

Waiting for April...
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 12:09 AM
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Wow! That is really cold!

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Looks great Boomer.

We're in the middle of a deep freeze up here. No snow to speak of, too cold to snow. BRRR!

It's minus 12 right now and that is going to be tomorrow's high.
Going down to minus 18 tomorrow night. That's centigrade!!

That's about 1 below zero Fahrenheit.

Guess all the waters gone hard by now.

Waiting for April...
Talked with Chi a few minutes ago he said it was 1 F and falling there. I feel bad it was almost 80 today!
Still getting chilly at night in the high 30's - not complaining just sayin.......
Should be back on the water this weekend - hope to get the Nirvana out of dry dock if the weather holds.
Hoping John can get the clear coat on my Seawind so I can put it together. It's never been sailed, so I am looking forward to getting back out west.
Keep warm you guys.
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Any ice about? Maybe you need something like this:
New K1 RC Iceboat (1 min 0 sec)
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 05:33 PM
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Any ice about? Maybe you need something like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Vig...yer_detailpage

Interesting viddy however I was ever-so-slightly put off by the Darth Vaderesq breathing. Sheesh!

Did the Hitec 645 mod and it is a much more "torqueie" servo compared to the stock one. I had been sailing one day and noted that the sails wouldn't "undeploy" in a stiff wind.

I have to imagine that this servo will put a STOP to this!

All the best!

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PS What a surprise to find that the servo are was "Spring loaded"! DOH!

PSS Just found this on the SailRC web site "Sail Servo Arm – This arm comes complete with the sheet roller on the end and a spring loaded hub. We recommend disabling the spring loaded part by gluing the hub so it becomes one piece." Prolly not do that mod.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 06:29 PM
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Prolly oughtta read the thread..there is reasons for that..
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:16 PM
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Chidago makes a good point. We typically suggest folks new to the thread take the time to go back to the first post and read forward to current. There are many good reasons for this suggestion. One very viable reason is you will learn just about everything you'd ever need to know about these boats, as well many other boats. Plus doing this gets you familiar with many of the regulars on the thread and find that this thread has become much more than just a thread on Nirvana's. It's success over the years has been in it's diversity and pretty much wide open range of topics.
Many of us here have become good friends and communicate outside of the forum. It is a fun place and there are new folks stopping by and getting on board all the time. You need not have a Nirvana to be active on this thread.
Enough said, it is worth the time to do it. Up to you but I'll bet if you do, you'll make the same suggestion to other newer members.
Glad you are having fun with your boat and with sailing.
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