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Old Oct 22, 2008, 08:22 PM
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Off The Hook…Fairwind meets Fairwind III.

Due to an unfortunate accident a couple of weeks ago, where a fiberglass go fast t-boned the old girl, I got a new Fairwind III Readyset yesterday, a very generous gesture on behalf of the go fast Hydro skipper. Thank you.

First look at the box and it looks like something from an IKEA store. Once opened, it is defiantly not that, but a very nice yacht.

First thing I did was strip off the stickers from FWIII, and then I removed all the hardware and fittings from my old Fairwind. I decided to tone down the FWIII by replacing some of the bling on the deck, off with the chrome, on with the black. Then I swapped the included CH3 radio for a 2.4 GHz that was in the FW. The mast & sheets are also from the FW. Got it all rigged again and hope to sail the new FWIII tomorrow. It took about 5 hours to get it the way I wanted it. Straight out of the box… it should take less than an hour to get this new FWIII wet. Kyosho has done a great job with this sailing yacht.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 08:25 PM
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That is one nice looking sheetboat!!!! Just remember when the go fast boats are on the water, time to put the sheetboats on the dock.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 08:49 PM
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Sweet! It should hit the water about the same day as "PROJECT-X"


(Did I say hit?)
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 08:52 PM
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Sweet! It should hit the water about the same day as "PROJECT-X"


(Did I say hit?)

Oh sheet!!!!
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 09:27 PM
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That's a gorgeous sail boat. Good thing you took pictures when it was new.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 09:43 PM
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"was" (Past tense)
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 10:52 PM
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PROJECT-X... I ain't scared of no stinkin' PROJECT-X.

X schmeckxx.
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Old Oct 22, 2008, 11:58 PM
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sweet ride woodybob !

Hi
Just want to say - that's a pretty boat . Even though I am new to RC
sailboats , I really appreciate boats that actually look like a "people boat"
( there are plenty of examples of hulls that are literally just a platform for
a rig to sit on , and something to hold a keel and rudder in place . ) They
may be fast but not very pleasing to the eye .
Anyway - I also have some serious fender envy ! I have been looking
around , anybody know a source of fenders here in the US ? I am looking
for both cylinder type ( like the Fairwinds) and commercial "ball" type .
I have seen these on British sites , and Graupner has a dandy selection
but seems a silly thing to order from overseas... any ideas ?

Allan
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 12:26 AM
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Looking good Bob,
Watch out for those speed boats.
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 10:20 AM
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Thanks boys.

As far as fenders go, the UK offers the most choices. Here's a shop that has a good selection,

http://www.redbankmodels.com/
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 11:01 AM
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Looks much nicer without the chrome bling. Did you have to retrieve the boat from the bottom of the lake?

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Old Oct 23, 2008, 03:39 PM
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Fortunately it was close to the shore when it hit bottom, leaving about a foot of sheet above the water.
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 07:09 PM
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As far as fenders go...
Also known as "Marina Del Rey racing stripes"... don't forget Umi's new addition to her line...

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810324

Your new Fairwind looks very nice, woodybob!

Very cool of the Hydro Skipper to make things right with that!
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 07:50 PM
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Anyway - I also have some serious fender envy ! I have been looking
around , anybody know a source of fenders here in the US ?
Found it...how about something like these? http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810324
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Old Oct 23, 2008, 08:02 PM
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Maiden voyage of the new FW III didn't go well. Got to the pond around 10 this morning, admired Kmot's Project X, threw the yacht in the water. Sitting right on the waterline, cool. Not much of a breeze, but enough to blow her around, gently. 15 minutes later I decided to pull the FW III out and have a look see, it seemed to be sitting lower in the water. The model was much heavier now. Took the hatch off and the hull was half full of water, bummer. Turkey basted out the unwanted ballast, flipped it over to discover the hull was split at the top of the keel, aft. Packed my things and went home.

I'm thinking shipping this boat from China with the lead ballast installed may not be such a good idea.
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