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May 10, 2018, 02:36 PM
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Just got my T-52 set up and sailing. Had a minor problem with the sheet line on the main getting hung up. So far my solution is working and the boat is sailing great. I really like the size verses my T-37. Especially when the wind is really blowing hard.
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May 10, 2018, 06:42 PM
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Sheet guard in T52?

Hi CARBOW-- I am just installing T52 RC gear today, and now I see the potential for slack sheets fouling in the RC gear esp. on the battery shelf and maybe even the rudder servo. I am wondering what your solution was? Maybe a piece of clear plastic bent over the the RC gear, with no sharp corners for the sheets to catch on? Maybe you did something easier?

I hope to be sailing #36 Orion Express tomorrow!
May 11, 2018, 04:19 PM
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First your boat is a beauty. I love the cockpit cover. Hope to have one made on mine. I have not figured what to do about the hardware edges. That was a concern at first. Due to my problem I ended up testing the sheet lines going in and out a lot. They have not caught on any part and I do not believe it will be a problem.
May 11, 2018, 04:39 PM
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T52 sheet guard

Thanks for compliment-- sailing soon! I love building these models. Here is photo of the clear plastic cover/shield I made that prevents the slack sheets from looping up over the servos and battery. It is .010" butyrate folded to cover all the RC gear, held in place w/ velcro which you cannot see in the picture. It cannot come straight up since that interferes with the turning loop, so the plastic has a sort of Z shape.-- up behind the battery shelf, over toward he center, then up again toward the underside of the deck. No way the sheets can foul over the RC gear now.

When I ran the sheets with no back tension (from trim to eased) with no shield, the sheets went nuts in a looping fashion that tried to to catch on everything! So the shielding of all the gear seemed very necessary and I think this will work.

May 11, 2018, 05:18 PM
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Great work

Thanks for the pictures. May set up something too. Your boat shows the great skills you have. Beautiful.
May 20, 2018, 11:39 PM
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Tippecanoe T50 Build Notes

I had the pleasure and fun of building Tippecanoe's T50 and it is a gorgeous model: sails like a rocket and looks like a jewel. My build log I cannot seem to compress enough to fit the upload limits in this thread, so I will post some pictures and happy to add details if anyone is interested.

The next post has details of the rig and a few pictures of Aurora under sail.

May 21, 2018, 12:16 AM
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Rigging and Sailing the T50

Details of the rig and some action shots of T50 Aurora under sail.

Will came to visit in February this year and went swimming with his GoPro camera and from his videos I was able to select a few great sailing photos. T50 Aurora is a smashing success. She handles beautifully and cuts through the water like a knife. Her speed is remarkable (but not proven in competition) and really a joy to sail on all points. I hope the photos below make this obvious.

All-up final weight is 9lb 2oz. Keel weight is 4lb, 14oz. Ballast ratio is 54%-- nice design Tippecanoe!

The next project is the T52. She is Orion Express, hull #36, completed a week ago. Some pictures are coming soon. Will posted some on his Tippecanoe Owner's Pictures site and his compliments make me blush.

Jun 30, 2018, 12:11 PM
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Sweet sailboats gents! Has anyone built a T65 I'm looking for a winter project but not sure of what to build. The T65 looks like a winner for sure but for anouther $600 I can build this looks great for fly fishing . The hull build for the T65 looks similar to the cedar plank kayak I built years ago so I'm not concerned about construction of the builds. Can't find much info on the model and any insite would be appreciated.
Jun 30, 2018, 01:28 PM
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T65 is Awesome!

Yes I built a T65 last year and it is a wonderful boat. I haven't posted my build blog for it yet, but am happy to share photos and details.

It is basically a large version of the Tippecanoe T50MOD. Strip-planked on a form, with carbon fiber reinforcements interior, a blade keel with 7 lb weight. The deck is one piece okoume ply, and curved over deck beams in a very nice design. Mast and a sails are very much like T50 also, but I added double spreaders and had Will make mylar paneled sails. Delphinus is Hull#11, and all-up weighs 13lb, although Will said he thought 12lbs could be expected. (I built a cabin, cockpit, and planked the deck)

Here are a few teaser photos from the construction and sailing in a moderate breeze. I think you'd love the project, it's so much fun you are sad when it's done.

Jun 30, 2018, 02:05 PM
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Carl thanks for the speedy reply she is a beauty!
I love the planked deck which I think is a must to keep with the grace of the boat along with a contrasting strip or two on the hull planking. I assume you planked over the okoume deck for ridgididy . Does it take long to rig and how does she sail in gusty conditions I will sail her in the white mt. Area of New Hampshire and the winds are often very gusty and unpredictable. Once again she's is some serious eye candy you must be very proud. Looking forward to your blog.
Respectfully John
Jun 30, 2018, 06:32 PM
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I saw the add for this big machine recently. Looks amazing and quite the built!
Jul 02, 2018, 08:02 PM
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T65 Decking

Yes planks were added to the top of the deck when it was still a flat piece, After all the gluing I ran it through a widebelt sander, first passes to smooth the planking, then flipped it over and took off one ply of the okoume to reduce thickness and weight. Finished thickness just over 3/32" ; adds a few ounces to hull weight but I like it. Still it's very rigid, and no problem to subsequently arch it over the deck beams.

Can't say experience in gusty stuff; you can see she goes rail down in moderate breeze. I haven't tried a main-only outing. However, the drum servo
sheeting is pretty quick (but not instantaneous) so you can ease fast in a puff. Rudder control is awesome, you can drive her like a sportscar. I haven't seen my boat plane but I bet she will.

Send me a message if you want more details--I'm happy to share photos without hogging the forum.

PS: Time flies-- I guess I built my T65 2 years ago.
Jul 02, 2018, 08:40 PM
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T65 Rigging

I skipped your Q about effort to rig the boat for sailing. I have good news and not-so-good news.

Not-so-good maybe for somebody with a small car: I built the mast as one piece, and bent on the sails in a way that would make assembly pretty difficult. So I transport with the full main on its boom and jib on its boom folded over on top. It is very easy to handle this way-- the stays flop around but so what. On a full size car the mast and sails would lay across the seat backs. However the hull won't go in crosswise in the back seat, so a van or SUV is pretty handy. Not sure what you do in a pickup bed. FYI the mast is 90" long; the main boom is 25".

So to rig the boat-- how quick could it be?? This is the good news. Simply step the mast in the sleeve on deck, attach the jib club to the foredeck chainplate (a simple hook), attach 10 turnbuckles (4 on each side and 2 on the backstay) which quickly screw together, and then snap the two sheet shackles to the boom. Done! Oh, before all that you would have plugged in the keel and made up its two thumbnuts that hold it in the boat. I travel with the hull upside down or on its side so the rudder is not changed for transport.

Just for grins (and possibly subject to criticism by the neatniks) -- here is a photo of several traveling Tippecanoe boats with T65 on top. 1/2 hour drive to Kawaihae. Biggest transport risk I have found is losing the turnbuckle bodies. (good news for Harbor Models) Also look out for stone walls when you load the car. Go sailing!
Jul 04, 2018, 02:01 PM
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Thanks for the info Carl
I gave a pickup however once it's at my camp it will stay there. I can keep her rigged with high ceilings however I doubt I could get her out the door so unrig , rig, sail, unrig, rig. It mite be to much for me.
Respectfully John
Jul 05, 2018, 11:10 AM
Couldn't you tip it forward, holding it by the keel, to get it through a doorway? That is the only way to move an IOM in my house.

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