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Posted by Boomer1 | Feb 06, 2011 @ 12:21 PM | 19,407 Views
Update: Last week my New Vela 1M arrived at the house. I was excited to open the shipping box to inspect my newest boat. I was impressed with the quality of the packaging, and was wondering how I'd every get the boat out of the foam that it was more or less encased in. I managed to cut one of the foam lock downs they had in place to keep the boat in place, lifted the hull out carefully, which at first glance appeared to be all I'd hope for. Such was not the case.

At some point along the way, someone at the factory had attempted to make a repair to some blemish in the deck, and completely messed up the paint on the deck. I was a completely different finish, flat, and even had the guys finger prints in it.

This alone was enough to reject the boat. Upon further inspection, I notice a huge puddle of glue in the bottom of the hull where they bonded the mast to the bottom. Who ever put this particular hull together, had no skills what's so ever. I knew I wouldn't like the way the builders set up the sail management lines/sheets and that I'd have to upgrade, and this was further confirmed upon inspection. It was clear this boat was not up to my expectations and the workmanship on this particular boat was not acceptable.

Tower Hobbies was very understanding and set me a return authorization to return the boat for a refund.

My feeling about this boat is that is a good looking boat, but with some issues. I am glad I got to see it up close, and hope those fellows that have them, enjoy them. I am admittedly spoiled by the quality and finish of my Yamaha RTW. I will continue to search for new sailboats in the hope of finding another one to buy that is on a par with the Yamaha.
Posted by Boomer1 | Jan 28, 2011 @ 07:51 PM | 13,293 Views
Ok, I am moving two items from my wish list to "new additions" to my ever changing collection. The 1M Vela RC Sailboat arrived today, the Traxxas Summit should arrive Tues or Weds.

I will be reporting on how they work out and if they are keepers.

Posted by Boomer1 | Jan 14, 2011 @ 12:51 PM | 13,935 Views
I haven't made any updates in a while now, so I thought I'd share some of the things going here. I have completed my Yamaha project with the installation of the crew. I have added a few pictures of this boat with the crew onboard. I am pleased with this boat,and as I have reported previously, it sails as good as it looks.

Since completing Yamaha project, I have added some new boats to my growing fleet. Two of the additions are scale replica boats from ProBoat. These boats are very detailed and are exceptional across the board. I have included a few pictures of the new members of the fleet, the Classic Runabout and Coast Guard Motor Life Boat.

I got hooked on Fast Electric boats, and have kind of gone over board. I have several FEs currently, and find them to be great fun. I see these boats as being close to "scale" and are replicas of real racing boats. Having spent time in that part of motorsports, I guess it was just a matter of time before I got into this aspect of the hobby. I have included a picture of my "cats".

And finally, my friends have introduced me to RC flying, which I consider to be "Nirvana" for crazy people. I have acquired several planes so far, all are at the trainer level, so the expense has not yet hit the level for concern. I am sure it will it will! Added a few pictures of the planes.

I got a Traxxas Summit off road crawler, so when the weather keeps me from sailing or flying, I will have some form of RC...Continue Reading
Posted by Boomer1 | Feb 27, 2010 @ 12:36 AM | 12,070 Views
I was very fortunate to locate and secure a brand new in the original sealed box , Yamaha round the world crew kit. I guess who ever said "seek and ye shall find" knew what they were talking about.

The chap I got the kit from is located in Hong Kong, and he was clever enough to know how rare these kits are. He told me he got several kits from an elderly hobby shop owner in Japan who was clearing out some dead inventory. To bad this old gentleman hadn't heard of the internet. The kit was not cheap, but as they say,“if you want to play, you got to pay".

Thank you to those who sent me e-mails with leads on where I might find the kit.

I think since these things are extinct, I am going to put life lines on each crew members, so if they should some how dislodge from the deck, they will not be lost at sea. Don't know if there are any more kits to be found. On a side note, one of the guys gave me a suggestion that Tamiya still offers a GT crew kit which with a little imagination could be adapted to be an acceptable substitute.
Posted by Boomer1 | Feb 23, 2010 @ 03:20 PM | 13,679 Views
Hello everyone,
I have attached a few photos of the my newest project a Tamiya Yamaha Round the World. This is a really nice boat and it is very sad that Tamiya stopped production.

It is very close to being finished. I am working on setting up setting up 2nd sail servo to control the jib separately from the main. Don't know if any one has done this before but there is room inside the hull to mount a second servo. My radio can be programed to accomodate it, so controlling it should not be an issue. Anyone every try this? Suggestions are always welcome.

Since my first outing in light winds, I have been able to sail the boat in some heavier winds up to 15 knots, and report that the boat handles the heavy wind very well. I have to say that so far this is the best handling RC sailboat I have seen.

I have a Seawind, Monsoon and a Nirvana ll. Each one has it's own characteristics, but all are good performers. The folks in our club have a wide range of other RC boats and all are are impressed with the Yamaha's performance.

This forum has provided me with some very good tips to help me in my newly found hobby. Sailing is really fun, and relaxing, but the guys in our club are also RC pilots, and they are trying to get me into that aspect of the hobby. I know the rush is there for sure. As I see things, the worst thing my boats might experience is hitting the shore or bumbing another boat. If they mess up they take their plane home in bag. Time will tell.

I am looking to buy the crew that Tamiya made for this boat if any one has one and interested in selling it please let me know.
Best regards.
Posted by Boomer1 | Jan 26, 2010 @ 11:57 AM | 10,887 Views
Anyone having a Tamiya "Yamaha" Round the World RC sailboat interested in sharing tips on successful modifications, drop a line.

I am nearing completion on the assembly of the boat I purchased online not to long ago. Made some minor changes including, replacing all the running rigging lines with 1 x 7 strand nylon coated SS leader, added turnbuckles to the shrouds which I got from Midwest Model Yachting. Used coated SS leader instead of the line provided for the life lines.

I reinforced the keel/ballast, added water proof off-on switch, and properly sealed and secured the rudder hatch cover and electronics bay cover.

I installed a light weight bulkhead inside the hull to provide additional support keel box. I made and installed a customer "fairlead" for the main sail that raises the height from it's original deck height by 2.3" to provide better leverage for the servo, and to prevent the line from fouling on the coffee grinders" on the deck.

I ve' done the usual detail painting to the helms, wenches etc. I am adding lines to all the wenches to add a little more detail.

I have use some ideas I got from this fourm from "windwarrior6682" and "Ed Morales" who both have these boats. It is really too bad Tamiya discountinued the production of these. I have been able to order some needed items from them, but they only have a very small list of left over parts for this boat.

Still would like to find the crew kit Tamiya made for this boat. Anyone out there having one that will part with it, let me know.

Good Sailing
Posted by Boomer1 | Dec 11, 2009 @ 10:59 PM | 12,066 Views
Good news. I located and purchased a new "in the box" Tamiya/Yamaha RC Sailboat round the world series. There are a few more out there, but most who have them won't part with them. I am trying to find the Crew kit that Tamiya made for this boat when they were in production. Any one having a set for sale, please let me know. Thank you

Ed M. if you are out there, drop a line. I will be making some of the modifications you made to your boat. Thanks for the documentation.
Posted by Boomer1 | Dec 07, 2009 @ 12:48 PM | 10,581 Views
If you have one in good shape and want sell it, please contact me. (Tamiya/Yamaha RC Sailboat round the world series.)

I have three RC Sailboats now, and will be selling one of my boats, a Nirvana ll (Red) 2 months old. Great boats, but the wife advises me that if I want another boat, one has to go. I have two Nirvana ll and one Monsoon/Shunbo.

I just got the Monsoon, and after making the needed modifications, I am very happy with the boat. If anyone has one, and needs any tips on how to put the boat in top form let me know. I have corrected issues with the mast, leaky hatch, poor keel and rudder connections, rigging etc. It cost very little to make this a very good RC Sailboat. A little engineering and time and she can handle winds of 15+ knots. The boat is really a looker and I have to say it is a really good value for the money. The manufacturer cut some corners, but don't they all?

Again anyone having Tamiya/Yahama RC Sailboat round the world series and is ready to sell, please let me know.
Thank you