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Items of Interest / John Cobbs Crusader jet boat - 48 inch long
« on: April 21, 2019, 05:14:42 PM »
I have started this thread for the information of those who would like to get into scratch building a model boat and maybe are too embarrassed to ask.
I will post regular updates explaining what's being done and how.
I will add a picture later today.
I acquired the part started boat via a friend. It was made many years ago and I got it pretty much as you see it.
First problem- Its far too light for the size and quite femur. Using Z poxy finishing epoxy thinned out with meths I have sealed the outer hull basically to hold it together while work is done on all the faults particularly around the air intakes. To fill holes and create the right form I used P38 filler from Halfords (Upol light is another good filler) It sand easily and can be added too until the right shape is formed. Z poxy also sands easily and can be used with glass cloth or carbon fibre cloth to skin the outer shell..

At this stage the method of powering the model must be considered. Quite easy using a brushless motor set up however I have been looking at powering with a miniature gas turbine engine of the type used in model aeroplanes. Model aeroplanes are quite light weight however the effort to get them up and away is considerably less than that that needed to get a planning craft out of the water and onto the plane.

20 lbs of thrust needs to be well secured in the hull and I reservations as to the suitability of this hull to handle the forces involved trying to get the mass moving. One does not want to see the jet engine shooting through the front of the boat. I have obtained a lot of Carbon fibre cloth and carbon fibre tape to strengthen up the hull and it may be okay we shall see.  The sponsons have been made very light weight and are weak. Much work is needed to make them suitable for high speed runs and the pounding they can take.
The picture with the little booklet shows the model as I got it.

Club News and Events / Club boat 'Kitty'
« on: April 20, 2019, 07:14:20 PM »
The club boat for use by members/prospective members is currently with me getting sorted. The radio gear we had with it was defective. The club has purchased a new 2.4 set  (38) and I am installing that. The boat will be back on its shelf on Wednesday.

Club News and Events / Some very good news
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:45:16 PM »
This evening I attended a council meeting and managed to secure a 7 year lease subject to the usual get out clauses for both parties. This secures our future. The fishing club have also got a 7 year lease for ponds 2 and 3. To dispel rumours let me make it very clear, the fishing club are not getting our water.

I will pass on further information at the club on Wednesday. I gave up an evening of playing chess for my team to ensure we secured our future I hope its appreciated.

Club News and Events / Competition results 2019
« on: April 11, 2019, 10:03:26 AM »
Week 1.

Scale racing.
  1st     Geoff Earl        10 pts
  2nd    Dave Moss        8  pts
  3rd    John Bailey       6  pts
  4th    Paul Furniss      4 pts
  5th    Doug White       2 Pts
  6th    Keith Woardby  1 pt

Air Boat Racing

  1st Doug White        10 pts
  2nd John Bailey        8 pts
  3rd  Les Ledger        6 pts
  4th Bruce Brennan   4 pts
  5th Paul Furniss       2 pts
  6th Geoff Earl          1 pts

 Steering Competition.  (first of 6)

  1st  Ernie Lazenby     10 pts
  2nd Dave Nell             8 pts
  3rd  Bob Golder          6 pts
  4th Steve Smith         4 pts
  5th Ken Smailes         2 pts
  6th Graham Tansley    1 pt
  7th Larry Gannon        1 pt
  8th Dave Moss            1 pt
  9th Doug White           1 pt
 10th George Hodgson   1 pt

  Restricted class yachts
1st  Alan Davies      14 pts
2nd Dave Moss        13 pts
3rd Geoff Sutcliffe    12 pts
4th John Bailey        11 pts
5th Paul Furniss       10 pts
6th Nat Earl             9 pts

Open Class yachts.
1st Geoff Sutcliffe     14 pts
2nd Dave Moss         13 pts
3rd Alan Davies        12 pts
4th Nat Earl             11 pts
5th Les Toulmin        10 pts
6th John Bailey         9 pts
7th Paul Furniss        8 pts.

Footy Racing
1st  John Bailey         14pts
2nd Geoff Sutcliffe     13 pts
3rd Alan Davies         12 pts.

Club News and Events / Race day is nearly upon us
« on: April 06, 2019, 02:14:07 PM »
Wednesday 10th April is our first race day of the season. Make sure you read the schedule which has been changed from last year.

 A warning- Regarding the scale racing and air boat racing the following procedure must be adhered to.

Upon finishing a race all competitors must produce the lipo battery to the assistant race controller (me) before leaving the jetty area. The  competition secretary has directed that anyone not so complying will not receive any points for that race. Any lipo considered to be puffed up or otherwise damaged will be condemned from any further use at the club.

I am really looking forward to seeing some close racing. Geoff Earl probably is going to be the one to beat if his body holds out for the season! Doug White has clearly the fastest boat and may feature in the mix if he sticks to the designated course instead of visiting Blackpool and all ports South. Keith has been experimenting with a new boat and we will have to wait and see how it does. No doubt Paul, Dave and John will all have something to contribute in the wacky world of club racing.

Club News and Events / Recent donation
« on: April 01, 2019, 10:52:06 PM »
Many thanks to George who has donated a rather large but very old boat hull, complete with a steam engine and boiler to  be sold for club funds.

 IO have managed to identify the engine, its a Stuart 'Star' engine built sometime between 1926 and 1939. Very collectable and on its own is worth around 250. After photographing the lot we will be putting it up for sale, probably on e bay.

We have been very lucky getting so many donations in recent years.

« on: March 19, 2019, 10:36:01 AM »
Please note: The competition secretary has approved a change to the date of the first steering competition.

 IT IS NOW SUNDAY 7th April  NOT 14th

Club News and Events / club commitee-
« on: March 05, 2019, 09:05:03 AM »
To clarify the recent changes to the club committee.  (Changes between annual general meetings are allowed by the club constitution).
Commodore               Walter Snowden (no change)
Chairman                   Dave Nell
Secretary                   Ernie Lazenby (no change)
Treasurer                   Dave Moss      (no change)
Safety Officer             Les Ledger
Competition Secretary Dave Nell (no change)

Other members:
Chris Barnbrook          (designated steam boat boiler tester- previously appointed by the clubs committee )Stepped down as Chair.
Geoff Fish                  (no change)
Ken Smailes               (no change)
John Bailey                (no change)

Note. The safety officer has responsibility for ensuring the safe use of Lipo batteries at the club. Les Ledger has asked the club secretary, who has the experience and equipment, to continue doing that. Spot checks will be carried at any time and more regularly after a race.

The competition Secretary has asked the club secretary to assist him with the fast electric racing, air boat racing and the steering competitions. (No change to what has been happening in the past)

Items of Interest / Plans.
« on: February 04, 2019, 03:02:29 PM »
Our commodore has spent some time sorting out the vast amount of plans we have in the club for those who wish to scratch build. He has booked them up into 'types' making sourcing a bit easier. Anyone interested in a particular boat should ask our Commodore because he's got exceptional knowledge of what's available.

Club News and Events / Frozen lake
« on: January 24, 2019, 09:37:06 AM »
For information. Yesterday,23rd January, the lake was frozen up. If current temperatures persist its unlikely to be usable on Sunday however the clubhouse will be nice and cosy for a chat! :) :) :) :) :)

Club News and Events / WATER TIME SLOTS- Effective 23rd January
« on: January 20, 2019, 04:00:43 PM »
  Wednesdays.  If you are in doubt as to what a fast or slow boat is for the purposes of allocated slots please see the safety officer or any committee member.
9.0am - 10.0am     Fast Boats

10.0am -11.30 am Yachts and slow boats

11.30 am - 12.15 pm Fast Boats

12.15 - 1.30 pm Yachts and slow boats

1.30 - 2.0pm fast boats

2.0- 3.0 Yachts and slow boats

3.0-3.30 fast boats

Club News and Events / Committee meeting- important Bullet points
« on: January 20, 2019, 03:24:44 PM »
Today the club committee met and a number of issues were discussed and resolved. A full set of minutes will be produced very soon in the members only section however the following need to be published now.;

1. Any member who wants to race any of his current boats in the stand off scale racing class needs to let either Dave Nell or Walter Snowden examine them as a matter of some urgency. Any member who intends to build a boat to enter the races must present to Dave or Walter the set of plans etc showing the boat they are going to build; after completion the boat will be examined again before it is allowed to race.

N.B. Please do not assume the boat as it was when you raced last season is acceptable in its current form.

2. A new time table for Yachts, slow boats and fast boats will be displayed in the clubhouse, on this web site and on the jetty during club hours.
These times must be adhered to and the committee will take action against any member who does not abide by them . Everyone wants to have fun at the club but having a boat damaged is not fun. Although each club member pays the same fees to join the club the committee has to try and facilitate water time to reflect the most popular activity and that currently is yacht sailing.
  The new times will commence Wednesday 23rd January.

 In accordance with the wishes of members as expressed at the 2018 AGM the race times on competition Wednesdays have been radically altered and the programme will start at 12.45pm (NOT 1.0pm) with Fast scale racing.

3. Dave Nell has been co-opted as Club Chairman until the next AGM. Chris Barnbrook remains as a committee member. 
N.B. Dave will also continue as Competition Secretary. 

Over the coming weeks Dave Nell intends to speak to members at the club making sure everyone is aware of what the committee decided, what the club is doing for the members and what is expected from the members. Hopefully we will have a good year of model boating in which everyone knows how the club functions during club hours. :) ;) 
Have fun, enjoy the hobby. :)

Politicians making a mess trying to sort out Brexit ought to visit our committee meetings, they may learn something and stop acting like muppets!    :)

Club News and Events / More interesting than Brexit.
« on: January 17, 2019, 03:54:40 PM »
 No matter what anyone heard yesterday I am happy to report I am remaining in post. Sundays committee meeting will be interesting ;) and I will try to get the minutes published on Monday. At least its more interesting than Brexit- well anything is more interesting than that!! :)

Club News and Events / Sunday 20th January
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:11:17 PM »
 For the information of all members.   The clubs committee will be holding the first meeting of the year in the clubhouse scheduled for 11.30am Sunday 20th January. Members of the club who are not on the committee will be asked to vacate the building. Due to this being the first meeting of the year, and the first since the AGM, there are a number of important issues to resolve.

Club News and Events / Competition dates 2019
« on: January 13, 2019, 03:02:31 PM »
Dates for your diary.

STEERING COMP (Sundays)-  April 7th  May 12th  June 16th  July 14th  August 11th  September 22nd

RACE DAYS (Wednesdays) -   April 10th & 24th   -   May 8th & 22nd      June 5th &19th    July 3rd & 17th & 31st
                                            August 14th & 21st  - September 11th & 18th & 25th 

       REGATTA DAY - Sunday 18th August

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