Sunday, 20 August 2017

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Six metre racing returns to "swannie" Pond, Dundee.

Five new Dolphins will be taking part in Dundee Model Boat Clubs first 6 Metre race in years. On Sunday the 13th of August 2017 Dundee Model Boat Club will resume 6 Metre racing after many years.
This will be a monthly event and it is hoped that 6 metre racing will be as popular as it was back in the day.
below shows Dundee Model boat Club members before a big race  taken back pre second world war 2.
The big sixes are well and truly back on "Swannie pond".

 Back in the hay-day of 6M racing on Swannie Pond, Dundee. No radio control then, just point an run!.




One new Dolphin six metre  in white and a vintage Bob Underwood Dolphin in blue limbering up on the "Swannie" pond today. Both Radio Control but still depending on the elusive "Swannie" wind for power.

Monday, 20 February 2017

A New Dolphin on the water.

You cant beat the the sight of a six metre on the water, this has been an easy build, more of an assembly really and the reward is amazing!



A beautiful elegant 6M 

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Winch and rudder servo.

There are plenty of Winches to choose from but to keep it simple I'm going to recommend what I already know works with no issues.
I use an RMG available from SmartWinch UK. http://www.smartwinchuk.co.uk/winches.html
I have had no issues with My current RMG winch, its due a service and well worth it.

 

I would recommend the self tentioning drum.


 I've  chosen a Power HD 20Kg servo for the rudder, I use a 6.6 volts LiFe battery so this is the ideal match.

Friday, 6 January 2017

The Deck and Access.

The deck as mentioned before is made from 3.6 mm ply wood. I have used one piece but a two piece deck would be fine, I just don't like joins in the middle so its a personal preference.Cutting 3.6mm ply wood requires a few knife blades and it takes a while to sand , fit and cut out the access cutouts.
Other material for a deck can be used and a nice light weight plastic deck could be fitted if you have access to a CNC cutting service in your town.




 The rear access above has been beveled, you won't see this when the patches are in place but it gives a nice edge for the patches.




 The deck is varnished, about five coats will give it a good seal and shine. Don't forget to varnish the underside too enough to seal it.


 I used a lid from a blender jar from the Nutri Bullet range, the top was open which allows a nice wood insert.

 

 The Nutri Bullet jar is about £8.00 but is well made, pitty you have to cut most of it off!

The rest of the deck fittings can now be fitted and the winch set up , this process should take an evening to do.


I've used a slide plate for 14mm groovy mast, the plate is adjustable and available from Sails etc.
http://www.sailsetc2.com/index.php/mast-slide.html 






As far as the deck and hull are concerned that's the yacht pretty much ready for sailing , just the jib sail to fit.
Although P.J. sails will quote and supply what you need to rig this yacht it is not a kit and you will need to know what your doing regards to building the rig.
 P.J. sails will not supply build instructions.
I have included reference photos on the blog and I will support any questions if I can.











Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A complete rig, sail and deck kit can be ordered from PJ sails, just quote "Dolphin Booth" for a price.
the quote will be for a light weight scrim sail if you wish a different material you will have to make this clear when requesting your quote. PJ sails may have a lead time of 12 weeks for the sails.

http://www.pjsails.co.uk/ 

 P.J.SAILS Telephone 01202 744101 or email us