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Stuart Hall19/10/2007 14:57:00
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I'm an accomplished RC helicopter and aeroplane flyer, also yachtmaster and sailing instructor. Ive just picked up a Marblehead from a second hand shop in Cowes and plan to fit it out with an assymetric spinnaker. I have visualised how to do this, cant see that it would be that difficult but am surprised to find very little information on anyone else trying it.

Any advice would be gratefully recieved, I think that 2 winch servos will do it, one to hoist/lower, one to sheet, plan to fit a chute on the bow to launch in/out of such as that used for dinghy sailing along with a bowsprit.

Any thoughts or comments?

Tony Hadley20/10/2007 19:15:00
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Hi Stuart,

Spinnakers for model yachts are usually found on vane boats. Radio spinnakers have been used, but this is rare. An item was featured in one of the modelling mags a few years ago showing a radio spinnaker, sorry I don't know which or when.  A spinnaker boom will be required with forehaul and backhaul lines. A topping lift and kicking strap will also be required. This is clearly illustrated (for vane boats) on Plan MM503 - rigging and fittings for Marblehead yachts. This could be adapted to suit a radio yacht, or buy a vane, use a spinnaker, and run. (Vane's can now be bought from Sails etc).

Also try        or find and watch the 1970's Model World - Model Yachts.

Good Luck, Tony

Stuart Hall21/10/2007 09:55:00
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Hi Tony

Thanks for that, as I said I 'm new to model yachts and was think,ing of keeping it really simple with an assymetric thereby no spinnaker pole, just need up/down haul and a sheet. Elastic on the bowsprit should work to pull it out and a decent winch servo should be enough I think. I dont understand why spinnakers are not more widely used, I guess folk like to keep it simple and stick with 2 channel. I 'm not looking at racing, just the technicaql challenge and experimentation.



Dave nicholls18/11/2007 07:39:00
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can any one tell me the ratios for mixing stablit express glue

await reply


Son Parc24/11/2007 16:40:00
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If you have the plastic mixing bowl that comes in the box you put one level scoop full of the white powder in the bowl , top the bowl up with the brown sticky stuff and thoroughly stir to mix.You then have about 7 minutes to make the joint.

Hope this helps

Son Parc

Dave nicholls26/11/2007 07:37:00
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Son Parc

many thanks for information on mixing the brown stuff,



Len Ochiltree26/11/2007 17:22:00
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Hi Stuart,

If you get the spinaker sorted will you post the working details on the forum as I would like one on my Thames Barge.



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