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Transmitter and receiver in boat work before getting to site ……….. Ensure Batteries are Charged.

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Spare batteries for boat and TX

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Battery charge and adaptor wall plug


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Insulation tape or similar and sticky back patch material for sealing hatches or openings in deck

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Dacron or Dynema  cord & lighter - spare bowsies and hooks - spare screws - locknuts - washers etc.

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NT Cutter - Sissors - Pliers - small screw drivers and clear glue or quickset epoxy.

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Before you go sailing and prepare your boat to sail you need to make sure that YOU are suitable prepared for the day and the weather conditions you are likely to experience.


Make sure you develop the habit of using a CHECKLIST ( Tape it to your Tackle Box ).


There is nothing worse that stressing just before a race, because you have run out of tape or patches, or suitable cord for a quick repair. The more you can prepare and set out BEFORE you get to the venue the better you day is likely to start.


I know of several sailors who have arrived to sail, and forgotten the sails back home ...... Go figure how that happens ? but it does ...........

BEFORE YOU LAUNCH YOUR BOAT

SOME POINTER TO REMEMBER


  1. Make sure you have the correct Sail / Rig combination on & the sheeting travel from full in to full out is correct.
  2. Ensure your batteries are charged in the TX and in the boat
  3. Ensure you hatches or hull openings are covered and sealed
  4. Set up your Sail Trim Click here for a video on this subject.  
  5. Ensure your hulls drainage bung is fitted and secure.
  6. In a championship, know which compeditors are closest to you and who is just ahead - These are the people you have to beat to progress up the fleet.
  7. ENSURE YOUR BOAT IS SWITCHED ON !! Trust me the embarresment if seeing your boar sail away with no controll and the bantering you will get from others is not worth it !
  8. Know where you are allowed to walk in the controll area, are there any obsticals you can trip over, etc.
  9. Ensure you have the right clothing, sun and eye protection. Is it going to rain? Have your TX cover handy, are you warm enough - you cannot concentrate if you are cold and shivering. You get the idea - Be prepared and comfortable in yourself
  10. Make sure you are Hydrated.
  11. Know what the course to be sailed is !

You will look silly if you find yourself           in the lead and you go to the wrong            mark.

MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED & PROTECTED AND HAVE GEAR AT HAND IF REQUIRED DAY  SAIL MAJOR  REGATTA

For the DF95 , Lazer and 36S class of boats the electronic components are wired up as shown immediately below.

Some IOM Class of Boats have a different wiring set up if they are using a RMG Sail Winch from Australia. See the wiring Diagrams at the bottom of this section

WARNING !!

If you insert the plugs in the RECEIVER incorrectly you will BLOW  - STUFF - KAPUT - NEVER TO WORK AGAIN , ALL THE ELECTRONICS, in the boat.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE POLARITY ( Red and Black or Brown & Black ) wires

THE WHITE OR ORANGE WIRES ARE THE SIGNAL WIRES AND ALWAYS FACE TO THE INSIDE OF THE RECIEVER ( RX ) BOX …….  


RECEIVER commonly referred to as The (RX) receives the radio signal from The TRANSMITTER (TX) SWITCH HARNESS SAIL WINCH RUDDER SERVO BATTERY RED TO RED BLACK TO BLACK Always fits into Channel 1 Always fits into     Channel 3 Introduces power into the RX and from there to the Winch And Rudder Servo - plug into any Spare Channel that’s free Dry Cell Life or LiPo  See notes below TRANSMITTER  Or (TX) sends the  Signal to the (RX)

There are several Battery options available to Radio Sailors.

The DRAGONFLITE 95 comes supplied with a 4 drycell battery holder for the boat and in the Transmitter.

4 x 1.5V batteries = 6 Volt

This is a quick and easy way to start off, but in time it will become an expensive option as compared to rechargeable LIFE Batteries.

When the boat batteries are nearing the end of their life, you will notice the winch especially slows down or does not have the power to sheet in fully if it is blowing hard. A sure sign it’s time to change the batteries.

NOTE: If you use Rechargeable DRY CELL  Batteries - remember they are only 1.2 Volt ea. So 4 x 1.2V = 4.8V only …. Short of the 6 Volt required.

In this case you will need to have 5 Batteries = 6Volt … but you may have difficulty finding a suitable holder and in the DF95 there is not enough space for 5 cells.









If you intent to sail an IOM class boat then we recommend you look to the RMG series of winches.

These winches are made by Rob Guyatt, in Australia. Have a look at their web site at: https://www.rmgsailwinch.com.au/

These are very powerful and reliable. A good second hand winch that has been serviced by the manufacturer, is about as good as new.

When sailing a major championship and you get involved in a series of contacts with other boats it may be impossible to remember the sequence of events and the sail numbers of the boats involved.

This simple wire framework holds an old cell phone and allows the user to immediately hit the record button and speak into the microphone, while still sailing the race.

This recording can be used to compile your notes on the protest form with some accuracy, noting who possibly was close enough to witness the event who might be prepared to be a witness for you.

Oh! And apart from recording you can use the camera on the phone to take some photographs or video of your boat sailing - to review sail trim - tacking and gybing etc as a training tool

If you are serious about your radio sailing you will need at some point to compile some tools to make repairs during a regatta and especially when you travel away from home.

These are some suggestions of what it should contain, but is by no means a definitive list

DRYCELL BATTERIES LIFE BATTERIES LIPO BATTERIES BALANCING  CHARGER

A BATTERY CHARGE TESTER like the one shown above is an ESSENTIAL piece of equipment to have.

You can quickly check up on the charge status of your batteries before and after charging but most importantly, just before you install then into the boat.

The genuine FUTABA connector like the one shown above has a groove down the side that basically makes it impossible to install the lead into the receiver or female battery connector the wrong way around.


The JR connector as shown below will also fit any receiver, but the colours are different and if forced they can be fitted back to front …. The Yellow or White wire MUST face the inside of the RX.


Yellow or White ( Signal) Red or Brown ( + ) Black ( - )

Always use a Balancing Charger to charge your LIFE or        LIPO Batteries. These intelligent chargers correct              any imbalance in the charge levels of the            different cells and greatly prolong the life          span of your investment.

       Speak to a knowledgeable club member before       making this purchase, they are not cheap, but     they   are well worth the investment if you intend    to sail allot.


LIPO BATTERIES like the LIFE are Rechargeable and when fully charged come in at about 7.4Volt

Its high for the radio RX etc, but they seem to cope.

Always select a Two (2) Cell Battery - Each cell is rated at 3.7 Volt. If you put a 3 or more cell battery in the boat you will fry the electronics.

If you totally Discharge a LIFE battery to 0% then the chances of been able to resurrect it are about 0% ……… Throw it away, in a responsible manner, and make a mental note to Never do that again!!

ALWAYS use a BALANCING CHARGER when charging these batteries to ensure you get the maximum life out of them.

The nice thing about these batteries is that they discharge at a consistent rate. You have the same power out of it fully charged or half charged.

LIFE BATTERIES are Rechargeable and come rated at around 6.6Volt

This is Ideal for the DRAGONFLITE 95, and 36S and LAZER, Class of yachts.

I would suggest the minimum rating would be for a 700 mha as shown in the photo on the left. This will give you about 7 - 8 full races and still be at around 50% capacity.

NOTE: LIFE and LIPO Batteries do NOT like to be discharged lower that 50% or 30% Maximum, before recharging.

If you totally Discharge a LIFE battery to 0% then the chances of been able to resurrect it are about 0% ……… Throw it away, in a responsible manner, and make a mental note to Never do that again!!

ALWAYS use a BALANCING CHARGER when charging these batteries to ensure you get the maximum life out of them.