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by Dave Pickett
15 Jul 2019, 16:31
Forum: Class Rules
Topic: IOM ONE DESIGN CLASS
Replies: 1
Views: 1994

Re: IOM ONE DESIGN CLASS

It's not at all surprising there are no responses, all people seem to want to do is change nothing, which ultimately will act against the IOM class. I see the IOM situation as follows: - It's a great boat to sail and we have a great chance to convert new sailors from DF95s to the class. - This oppor...
by Dave Pickett
28 Mar 2015, 17:14
Forum: Marketplace
Topic: TS2 for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 3118

Re: TS2 for sale

Now found new and very happy owner!
by Dave Pickett
26 Mar 2015, 21:24
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Dubious racing tactics?
Replies: 4
Views: 4625

Re: Dubious racing tactics?

hitting a stbd boat and getting around the mark and doing a penalty is very bad sportsmanship Thanks John, frankly if anyone deliberately hit my boat to try and gain advantage I would pack up and go home, and I would not dream of doing that, the purpose of my post was to try and draw out whether pe...
by Dave Pickett
26 Mar 2015, 17:31
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Dubious racing tactics?
Replies: 4
Views: 4625

Dubious racing tactics?

Newcomer to IOM now getting to grips with rig setup and the racing rules. I have been stranded on a number of occasions at the windward buoy when approaching on port tack with a good line to the buoy, when I have been faced with an armada on starboard coming across preventing me from getting around ...
by Dave Pickett
23 Mar 2015, 22:53
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Spar form/size
Replies: 2
Views: 2485

Re: Spar form/size

Hi Colin, My Shiraz uses 11mm mast and it seems strong enough, I think as ever its not just size or even wall thickness, there are endless grades of Ali which confuse things. Most folk only seem to like grooved masts on no2 and 3 rigs, no doubt an expert will be along at some point to explain why! M...
by Dave Pickett
21 Mar 2015, 16:45
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Titan Winch anyone?
Replies: 1
Views: 3486

Titan Winch anyone?

Anyone got any experience of the Titan Tempest winch and in particular how it compares to the RMG? They look very promising on paper.......

http://www.titan-winches.com/tempest/4570036093
by Dave Pickett
24 Nov 2014, 15:46
Forum: Marketplace
Topic: TS2 for sale
Replies: 1
Views: 3118

TS2 for sale

Now I have the Shiraz, lack of space means I have to part with the TS2. The boat comes with all three rigs and a stand, the top rig has brand new sails. Am looking for £350, boat is complete and needs only RX and batteries (plus of course your TX!) (RMG winch and Hitec rudder servo included) I am si...
by Dave Pickett
27 Oct 2014, 19:03
Forum: General IOM
Topic: MX14 after Widget
Replies: 2
Views: 2775

Re: MX14 after Widget

Hi Rob, Just because this or any other boat isnt featured high in results is probably only an indication that none of the top skippers sail one! It's a conundrum because like most sports, the skipper and boat setup will make a far bigger difference than the hardware involved, yet we try and convince...
by Dave Pickett
22 Oct 2014, 17:43
Forum: General IOM
Topic: RMG Winch set up....
Replies: 1
Views: 3447

RMG Winch set up....

This may be of help to some folk, many at my local club are not keen of the programmable aspect of the RMG as it is viewed this days as largely unnecessary since the built in EPA adjustment on modern TX's is far easier to work with. On my TS2 the winch overides my TX which I find really annoying so ...
by Dave Pickett
17 Oct 2014, 10:59
Forum: General IOM
Topic: MX 14 Fin
Replies: 3
Views: 3407

Re: MX 14 Fin

David,

Cant help as such, but there is another MX14 in the Eastbourne club which even if not being sailed will be in the clubhouse which you could have a look at. I will be there first thing, will pop along and say hello.........
by Dave Pickett
08 Oct 2014, 21:27
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Drum winch at lowish price
Replies: 22
Views: 12142

Re: Drum winch at lowish price

Thanks for the responses David an Barry, if more would contribute like this the forum would really come alive! (1183 views, only 19 replies just what is stopping experienced people from sharing their knowledge?) Only a few weeks to Eastbourne IOM Ranking. It is going to blow like hell. I will be the...
by Dave Pickett
07 Oct 2014, 13:40
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Drum winch at lowish price
Replies: 22
Views: 12142

Re: Drum winch at lowish price

MX winch spec: Vigor VSD-11AYMB HV Extra Large 360 Degree/Winch Servo 0.75sec / 50kg / 150g Operating Voltage: 6.0v~7.2v STD Direction: Counter Clockwise / Pulse Traveling 800 to 2200uSec Stall Torque: ≧40 kgf.cm at 6.0V, ≧50 kgf.cm at 7.2V Operating Speed: 0.85 sec/ 60 at no load at 6.0V, 0.75 sec/...
by Dave Pickett
30 Sep 2014, 14:39
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Rudder servo strength
Replies: 12
Views: 7166

Re: Rudder servo strength

Just an update I have purchased a Hitec HS-5495BH and tried it in my elderly TS2. Whilst it appeared to work fine, there was a small amount of interference with the RMG winch as a result of which I have gone back to my trusty HB325 for the time being. RMG recommend only a standard non digital servo,...
by Dave Pickett
26 Sep 2014, 08:57
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Drum winch at lowish price
Replies: 22
Views: 12142

Re: Drum winch at lowish price

Colin,

Have a look at the Titan winches, they might just fit the bill. A bit more than your initial budget but cheaper than an RMG and specs look very workable.

http://www.titan-winches.com/tempest/4570036093
by Dave Pickett
23 Sep 2014, 11:05
Forum: General IOM
Topic: stranded wire standing rigging
Replies: 1
Views: 2924

stranded wire standing rigging

Just made up a new jib luff, but when I cut the wire (wire cutters) it frays about 3"! Any tips on how to avoid this happening?

Oh the last cut I made it didnt fray at all! Strange!
by Dave Pickett
16 Sep 2014, 21:25
Forum: General IOM
Topic: which mailsail link to mast?
Replies: 3
Views: 3897

Re: which mailsail link to mast?

prevents it from sliding around the mast. With rings or ties, the luff can slide around the side of the mast and when that happens, the draft of the sail changes and become much flatter as the luff curve is no longer following the shape of the mast. Exactly what have noticed, thanks John My longer ...
by Dave Pickett
15 Sep 2014, 19:28
Forum: General IOM
Topic: which mailsail link to mast?
Replies: 3
Views: 3897

which mailsail link to mast?

Seems to me there are 3 options offered:

Eyelet/Luff rings
Grooved mast with sliders
Wire jack stay

Are there any real benefits with any of these or is it just personal choice?
by Dave Pickett
12 Sep 2014, 08:44
Forum: General IOM
Topic: On the water at last !!!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 6049

Re: On the water at last !!!!!

Fist sail of the TS2 yesterday with the guys at Eastbourne. Got round OK and of course came last in each race, but got loads of help from the guys with boat set up and the TS2 is sailing much better now. Don't think the light and shifting winds were especially suitable for the TS2, but in heavy weat...
by Dave Pickett
12 Sep 2014, 08:31
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Rudder servo strength
Replies: 12
Views: 7166

Re: Rudder servo strength

Just one thing to watch out for on Digital servos is that current drain can be a lot more:

HB 425 - 180 mah operating no load
HS 5485 - 500mah operating no load

Not an issue for battery capacity but pre 2013 RMG winches only have a 1 amp BEC which may not be enough for a digital servo under load.
by Dave Pickett
06 Sep 2014, 08:23
Forum: General IOM
Topic: On the water at last !!!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 6049

Re: On the water at last !!!!!

This is an IOM site -- is it really appropriate to discuss Dragon Boats here. Yes absolutely. I sailed my DF65 at Eastbourne last Thursday and a man and his son enquired about starting in the hobby and the response was that you can get a boat complete for £150, and the guy was going to look at gett...
by Dave Pickett
05 Sep 2014, 17:07
Forum: General IOM
Topic: On the water at last !!!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 6049

On the water at last !!!!!

Well very nearly, the newly acquired TS2 will be on the water next Thursday! I retired last week and in the run up decided to revisit IOM and my local club at Eastbourne. In addition to a warm welcome there was a TS2 for sale with 3 suits of sails, an RMG winch, and Futaba S3003 rudder servo. I adde...
by Dave Pickett
05 Sep 2014, 16:40
Forum: General IOM
Topic: RMG winch set up with Spektrum DX6i
Replies: 6
Views: 5078

Re: RMG winch set up with Spektrum DX6i

Have now got the TS2 and luckily the RMG set up is fine for the Spektrum so no need to reprogram. The owner before was using a Futaba 6J set so it seems both set ups are similar.
by Dave Pickett
05 Sep 2014, 08:43
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Rudder servo strength
Replies: 12
Views: 7166

Re: Rudder servo strength

Looks like a good choice Colin, let me know how it performs please, do yo have to program it or can you just use the TX to set throw etc?
by Dave Pickett
22 Aug 2014, 19:56
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Rudder servo strength
Replies: 12
Views: 7166

Re: Rudder servo strength

Colin in the Shiraz I have ordered they fit an HB325 which has 3kg.cm of torque - I can only assume the builders have experience to suggest that this servo is sufficient: http://www.servoshop.co.uk/index.php?pid=HITHS325HB&area=Servo That said there is no reason why a more powerful servo shouldn't b...
by Dave Pickett
14 Aug 2014, 11:50
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Battery pack supplies (make your own)
Replies: 1
Views: 2826

Re: Battery pack supplies (make your own)

I use 1mm rigid copper wire as use in household electrical fixed wiring, and solder them to the cells, use as big a soldering iron as you can to make the joint quickly without overheating and damaging the cells. www.7dayshop.com do some "good to go" cells which are well priced and self discharge muc...
by Dave Pickett
12 Aug 2014, 19:25
Forum: General IOM
Topic: RMG winch set up with Spektrum DX6i
Replies: 6
Views: 5078

Re: RMG winch set up with Spektrum DX6i

Thanks John, just tried the spektrum and it links really quickly so hopefully it will be OK. Don't know why the RMG is still programable when virtually all TXs have that facility these days.

Will be getting the boat in a couple of weeks so will have a go then.
by Dave Pickett
12 Aug 2014, 09:51
Forum: General IOM
Topic: RMG winch set up with Spektrum DX6i
Replies: 6
Views: 5078

RMG winch set up with Spektrum DX6i

I have bought a TS2 with RMG winch and will need to set up the RMG winch with the DX6i. Have had a look at the RMG set up page and it looks a bit confusing, and also mentions problems with 2.4 ghz outfits not binding quickly enough. Any hints or tips to the set up of the RMG with the Spektrum TX?
by Dave Pickett
12 Aug 2014, 09:48
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Shiraz
Replies: 1
Views: 2774

Re: Shiraz

OK well I have placed an order for a Shiraz which should be arriving at the end of September. There are a wide variety of boats at my local club including the current favourite Britpop!, so I will be able to get some comparison (will hardly be a fair one however as my sailing ability wont be anywher...
by Dave Pickett
07 Aug 2014, 14:24
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Radio pot, antenna routing
Replies: 7
Views: 4752

Re: Radio pot, antenna routing

I guess the easy way is to simply run the aerial as best you can then do a range check with the boat at the furthest distance you are likely to use. Most TX's have a range check function that reduces the TX power for test purposes. It will probably be fine but this check will give you confidence tha...
by Dave Pickett
07 Aug 2014, 09:42
Forum: General IOM
Topic: Shiraz
Replies: 1
Views: 2774

Shiraz

After my aborted attempt to get started with the Spirit (glad its now on the water though) I am about to retire and from Sept will have time to start IOM sailing at Eastbourne. The Shiraz looks like a good boat, and not stupidly priced ready built/rigged with the RMG winch (great way to sell a 99p m...