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by ralph kelley
11 Mar 2008, 23:22
Forum: Marketplace
Topic: Graupner winch gears
Replies: 1
Views: 3025

PJ sails has gear sets for both Graupner winches.
by ralph kelley
04 Mar 2008, 22:41
Forum: Marketplace
Topic: Graupner winch gears
Replies: 1
Views: 3025

Graupner winch gears

I need some assistance from my European friends to get a pair of gear trains for the Graupner Regatta # 5172. This winch has metal gears with the exception of one, which is plastic and can be stripped if the rig has hung up. These repair parts are not available in the USA but is listed as an availab...
by ralph kelley
27 Nov 2007, 17:08
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: More than one Rig of a size on a certificate?
Replies: 14
Views: 8451

Andy: Sorry to differ but I do not read A.11.3 to be restrictive as to the number of rigs that is needed to get a certification, either a minimum or a maximum. Clearly there is an implication that at least one rig is required but that is not specifically spelled out in the wording. However the hull ...
by ralph kelley
14 Aug 2007, 16:06
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Spektrum DX6 & 7
Replies: 107
Views: 64279

Am I the only one getting weary of all this bickering? Am I the only one thinking of getting into a different class so we don't have to have be involved in all this B...S.., either directly or indirectly? Roy is right about the history, and I would add, the problem of attaching an elastic to the end...
by ralph kelley
04 Nov 2006, 17:46
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: HMS and Scoring of DNF, OCS etc
Replies: 13
Views: 8889

HMS

Back in '02 I was concerned about what I considered a weird scoring situation with any "text" scores -- DMC, DNF, DSQ and the like. On multiple fleets, and particular with a 5 heat regatta, the HMS has a unique approach to (1) scoring and (2) placing boats in the next heat. If they were in a high he...
by ralph kelley
11 Oct 2006, 20:27
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Phigit class
Replies: 14
Views: 10388

It seems to me to be an issue that the IOM folks cannot control. Our sailplan is in the public domain and we cannot control who builds rigs using our dimensions. They just cannot call them IOM rigs. Likewise, thinks like fins and ballast are available from suppliers so we cannot control their sale t...
by ralph kelley
02 Oct 2006, 16:11
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: HMS review 6 up & 6 Down
Replies: 5
Views: 4486

6 up and down

I have been in communication with my friend who has been doing all the work to keep our HMS Excel scoring program current with HMS 2006 as well as providing an option to the standard 4 up and down. The updated program now has a default of 6 up and down, but the program has the capability to simply a...
by ralph kelley
26 Sep 2006, 16:53
Forum: General IOM
Topic: how mold a bow bumper?
Replies: 10
Views: 8139

bow bumper

Unless one is going for some limited production, any molding approach seems to be a lot of trouble. I simply cut out the appropriate shape from the rubber sole of a cheap flip-flop. (They come in a variety of colors, so get one that matches your hull color system.) I have, on occasion, glued and app...
by ralph kelley
24 Aug 2006, 15:37
Forum: Measurement and Measurers
Topic: Draft Measurement Question?
Replies: 20
Views: 15831

measurement

I know we cannot address this immediately but is it not time to visit the question as to the need for the 60 mm restriction. What Gyula said about the Naviga approach makes a lot of sense to me. 1 - Very easy to measure. Just takes a tape. Stops all the work and energy putting into making tanks, dec...
by ralph kelley
20 Aug 2006, 19:58
Forum: Marketplace
Topic: Sailbag for IOM rigs
Replies: 3
Views: 4538

sailbags

Sailbags are real easy to make. Just take 5 layers of cotton material * from your local store and sew together a 4 pocket sail. Want to get a bit fancier, put some bias ply tape around the edges. If this is a bit too flimsy after you are finished, put a piece of cardboard in one of the slots along w...
by ralph kelley
20 Jul 2006, 21:42
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: spreaders
Replies: 6
Views: 4709

spreaders

Anders: You are correct in that I thought I was responding to a prior posting. I also understand that the class has previously decided that spreaders do not need to spread. Just does not make sense to me, with my understanding of the English language. But will that change anything? Not likely. Ralph
by ralph kelley
19 Jul 2006, 16:00
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: spreaders
Replies: 6
Views: 4709

spreaders

A spreader, by ERS definition is (F1.3 in the 05-08 ERS) "any equipment attached at one or both ends to spars, sails or other rigging and capable of working in compression" Is it not obvious that the intent of a spreader is to act in compression. How can a "spreader" act to "de-spread"? I think tha...
by ralph kelley
18 Jul 2006, 19:44
Forum: Class Associations and Class Management
Topic: AGM Resolution proposal: WC_AGM2006_04
Replies: 5
Views: 5990

Why would the class care about where one owner added some weight?

This may not be a practical rule (and certainly not for wooden masts) but more importantly, I think this proposal is not inspectable, and therefor not enforcable. Seems like a dumb idea to me.
by ralph kelley
16 May 2006, 18:38
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Is something up with the US Site?
Replies: 15
Views: 8623

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by ralph kelley
05 May 2006, 20:35
Forum: Measurement and Measurers
Topic: Boom Spar Curvature
Replies: 4
Views: 5957

Without tension of any rigging

But why use such a small spar? The larger diameter arrow shafts are very light too, and are likely to be easier to outfit. The additional stiffness of the larger diameter tube should make it easier to perform sail adjustments since the spar is essentially rigid

Ralph
by ralph kelley
21 Apr 2006, 20:16
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Deck Limit Mark
Replies: 14
Views: 10697

deck mark

I belive this is pretty straightforward. This "mark" locates the spot where the measurer checks the location of the bands on the mast, or put differently, the elevation of the sails above the "deck". The "mark" tells the measurer where you consider the deck. With a skiff type deck and where the mast...
by ralph kelley
10 Apr 2006, 16:31
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Is it allowed to borrow a boat ?
Replies: 13
Views: 9599

Lester's posting really covers the rule situation thoroughly. But I fall into Steve's camp. Let's get folks sailing. Nothing in Lester's posting deals with any issue as to the skipper's qualifications for entering the event, nor with the boat's suitabililty for the event, rule wise, except for some ...
by ralph kelley
01 Jan 2006, 20:41
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Number of boats to promote
Replies: 25
Views: 15958

promotions

Lester's data is interesting, particularly his last graph. His obversation that there is "little objective benefit" to increasing the number of promitions from 4 (which might have been an initial arbritary value) to a higher number depends on where you stand on the benefit issue. We need to define b...
by ralph kelley
19 Nov 2005, 16:57
Forum: General IOM
Topic: How to choose a radio transmitter?
Replies: 7
Views: 5670

radio

My suggestion is to get the radio brand that everyone else in your area is using so that you can swap chystrals, battery packs etc. as needed at any one regatta.
by ralph kelley
19 Nov 2005, 16:53
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: Number of boats to promote
Replies: 25
Views: 15958

promotion

One must remember that the HMS system is designed to form a classification system in which the best sailors sail with the best (hopefully getting the best competition) and those of lesser skills/equipment sail with their peers. This generates "groups" of sailors within a larger regatta that don't in...
by ralph kelley
25 Oct 2005, 13:54
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Oval Foredeck holes
Replies: 70
Views: 48139

Lester's recent post included: "The previous interpretations were in the context of the SAILSetc jib swivel, where the thru-deck tube was of minimal diameter, and there was no attempt to design the hole to do anything other than simply admit a length of line. The new deck holes are explicitly design...
by ralph kelley
25 Oct 2005, 00:41
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Oval Foredeck holes
Replies: 70
Views: 48139

swivel

It seems to me that the rule C.7.6 saying that the aiignment of the jib swivel is to be controlled only by headsail tension should raise the question as to the legality of the Bantock boats, not the ones with the large holes in the deck. Clearly the "swivel" is the entire string going to the base of...
by ralph kelley
21 Oct 2005, 23:25
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Oval Foredeck holes
Replies: 70
Views: 48139

Since the official defination of the "hull" includes the deck, and there is no specific IOM requirement to attach the jib to the deck, but does require it to be attached to the hull on the centerline, it seems to me that both the Bantock approach (with a tube to the hull bottom) and the larger hole ...
by ralph kelley
11 Oct 2005, 15:40
Forum: Measurement and Measurers
Topic: New ERS terms
Replies: 9
Views: 8865

Roy: In my dinchy experience, the initial certification was very complete, with regatta checks of selected items. In the current IOM system, we don't do a thorough check (such as min-max weight) at the initial certification. We -- ISAF -- RSD -- ??? -- pulled some of the initial certification inspec...
by ralph kelley
06 Oct 2005, 21:28
Forum: Events and Event Management
Topic: IOM 2005 World's Review and DeBrief
Replies: 25
Views: 17342

umpires

In an earlier post, David noted that the umpires are not returning for future events. That is no surprise to me. The same thing happens all too often with the many model race committee volunteers. Put simply, being on the model boat regatta committee is generally not a pleasant task. In normal crewe...
by ralph kelley
06 Oct 2005, 20:43
Forum: Measurement and Measurers
Topic: New ERS terms
Replies: 9
Views: 8865

inspections

In keeping with Barry's comments, my experience in the dinghy sailing world is a mix of inspections. Each boat got a full measurement when boat ownership changed hands, that is for new construction or on resale. The inspection covered those items that could be inspected and verified at the fleet lev...
by ralph kelley
20 Sep 2005, 20:34
Forum: Class Associations and Class Management
Topic: 2005 WC Meeting
Replies: 20
Views: 15921

Vote

I expect that there will be some form of a postmortem, but it might be wise to (1) not package proposed changes into large proposals and (2) have a much more open discussion of the changes, with both the pro's and con's. Lastly, does it not seem wise to have a complete review of the rules so that on...
by ralph kelley
07 Aug 2005, 19:45
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Antenna
Replies: 3
Views: 2768

I have never had any problems with mounting the RX with velcro under the deck (or on the well) next to the hatch and running the antenna wird forward just under the deck. Has worked for me in several IOMs.
by ralph kelley
30 Jul 2005, 23:04
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Proposed Class Rule Changes
Replies: 75
Views: 58630

I will agree that one would find it very difficult to determine if a mast post tube was CF of FG, unless, by pure chance, the quasi-white nomenclature stamping on the tube OD was visible. All the FG tubes I have (for my kites) are black. The point that I tried to make earlier was that, for the tube ...
by ralph kelley
29 Jul 2005, 18:59
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: Proposed Class Rule Changes
Replies: 75
Views: 58630

While we are in the process of changing some of the Rules, why not bite the bullett and not worry about fiberglass or carbon fiber tubes for things like mast posts, rudder posts. The cost of these tubes, in very wide spread use in the kite industry, are very close to each other, pennies per inch dif...