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Old 12-23-2015, 11:18 PM   #31
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A boat's a boat and I would some day like a sailboat as well. This was in the comments for the atomic dragonforce: shipshaperc.com
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Old 12-24-2015, 05:32 AM   #32
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That Victoria Class sure looks nice.
How long till you got good at sailing?
Victoria class is the only class that is raced here in Kelowna.

To answer your question My early attempts at sailboat racing were embarrassing, never mind the race, the hardest part was just getting her lined up to sail over the start line..Lol...I'd still be at the start going round in circles and ultimately left eating wake from the other six boats who were now half way down the first leg of the course.

Other sailors finally took me aside and helped out with my sail set up, you quickly learn that the way the sails are set is absolutely critical to your sailboats speed and manouverability, the smallest of sail changes will affect air spillage which will have dramatic results.

Its great fun, and theres no other feeling like the very first time so see YOUR boat finally putting up a bow wave and totally ripping past the others...Theres a definite learning curve...Your skills will develop slowly over time as with most things...The key is not to give up following those early poor attempts to race
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Old 12-24-2015, 06:29 AM   #33
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I wish we were not into winter. Warm way above normal temps, but be under a few feet of snow soon. One other thing and they race them out my way is Ice Boats powered by sail. I have a lake just 500 yards( meters) from my house that freezes ( in a normal winter) that snowmobiles often cross it in winter.
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Old 12-24-2015, 06:45 AM   #34
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Hello I would recommend the Dragonforce RG65 class sportboat to anyone interested in trying their hand at rc sailing. Unless you are looking for something more scale.
http://www.atomikrc.com/products/joy...tr-rc-sailboat

I fly Sailplanes mainly and got interested in the dynamics between the sail, keel, and rudder on a sailboat.

David
that is one sharp looking boat. I can see how this could be addictive as RC planes or cars
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Old 12-24-2015, 12:48 PM   #35
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JR has anyone done RC ice boats in your area? Where I live we may get snow a couple of days but ponds rarely freeze now and the tidal waters have never froze. The main things that stop me are the rain(we get lots of that) and the strong winds that we get often now. I think I'll look up RC ice boats on You tube I can see where they would be a lot of fun.
Heliboy you have peaked my interest in RC sailing but I may wait a little while before I get my feet wet there, who knows maybe when I retire in five years I might move into your neighbourhood and I could check out the sailing bug.
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Old 12-24-2015, 08:30 PM   #36
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How deep is that keel?
The keel is 12.5 inches.
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That would work in most ponds trouble is the ones near me are full of greenery below surface. There is however the Deas slough which is tidal but it is like a bay with a bottle neck, might work there.
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Old 12-25-2015, 01:46 AM   #38
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Same problem I have Jim, Most ponds I visit are fairly shallow and have patches of weeds that i have learned to avoid...most of the time.
The DF65 has a much shorter keel than than my other two 1 meter boats. Perhaps a j class sailboat might be best to deal with weedy waters.
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Old 12-25-2015, 03:34 AM   #39
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Heliboy you have peaked my interest in RC sailing but I may wait a little while before I get my feet wet there, who knows maybe when I retire in five years I might move into your neighbourhood and I could check out the sailing bug.
Well here's one of a few older video's (By JCV Dude) of racing at "The Lagoons" in Kelowna.....kinda gives you an idea of what goes on.....there are other Kelowna vids by this guy too, on Youtube.

The popping sounds you hear are the start clock counting down to the race start, you must sail by the rules or others can protest your rule infringements. I know it looks pretty calm here but inside your head its a matter of total concentration.

Enjoy the video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G5RC-WW3I4

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JR has anyone done RC ice boats in your area? Where I live we may get snow a couple of days but ponds rarely freeze now and the tidal waters have never froze. The main things that stop me are the rain(we get lots of that) and the strong winds that we get often now. I think I'll look up RC ice boats on You tube I can see where they would be a lot of fun.
Heliboy you have peaked my interest in RC sailing but I may wait a little while before I get my feet wet there, who knows maybe when I retire in five years I might move into your neighbourhood and I could check out the sailing bug.
Not that I know of on the RC ice boat racing my way. Google RC Land Yachts there are several and some home made. Would be good to start with land on windy day ( to windy for flying) at a church or empty factory parking lot. Some use roller blade wheels because of the bearings low resistance.
Also google RC iceboats there are lots of plans and video.
You will notice on both land and ice boats the sail is much smaller.
I would supply links but there are several pages.
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