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About Dervish

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    Boston, PRM
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    Formerly Melges 24 USA114. Viper 640 50, Sonar 520

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  1. I miss the adventures of Rod and the Flyin' Hawaiian! Worked nearby and drove past this boat regularly for many years. 45-foot Roger Simpson Liahona Trimaran. Quality of design, materials and construction was a whole 'nuther level.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    Weighted cord.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    Added a 3rd rod holder more or less in line with my seat at the helm so I can sight the line by myself. Probably add a 4th on the other side. The club uses 14 letters and numbers to designate marks. So I’m thinking about buying some magnetic printer paper to print 10” magnetic letters. I can mount them on a magnetic white board.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    Acetone does indeed remove the printing on PVC. 1” [ID] Schedule 40 PVC has an OD of 1.315”. It fits well in the standard Rocket Launchers. As mentioned standard length is 10’, so you get two 60” staffs. On the RibCraft that puts them about 11’ above the water, which the competitors seemed to identify without issue.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    In terms of setting up the RibCraft 6.5 as an RC boat: -We purchased some smaller signal flags, 9-12” on the hoist. Taylor Made. - Also purchased a 12” RC flag. Helpful in Boston Harbor so rec boaters understand what you are doing. - Mounted “Rocket Launchers” AKA rod holders on the T top. Easily reached using the back bench as a step. - A 1” ID schedule 40 PVC pipe is about $4 for a 10’ section. Cut in half (60”) it was plenty high and stiff enough, as were the 48” dowels. But looks a little tacky, going to see if Acetone will remove the printing.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    But so “noodle like.” HD and Lowes have hardwood dowel in 1” or 1-1/4 in 4’ and 6’ lengths. Did find someone who foam filled PVC. They got on a porch and sprayed the “High Expansion” version down the tube, then tapped so it would go to the bottom and expand up. Also because the Urethane needs moisture to cure they wet the inside with water first.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    Thought of something long enough, light enough, stiff enough, floaty enough, and cheap enough for flag staffs. Bamboo poles are available in 5’ to 8’ lengths for $2-6 each.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    I can move the holders from the rear seat to the back of the T top, I think. I was thinking some foam in PVC would work, any trick to it? I’d spring for 6-8’ 1.5” Aluminum if I could find who sells it locally.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    Have to think about that. We have to get them high enough to be seen. Perhaps I can put 3-4 rocket launchers on the t top. I was thinking one pole with a yardarm and halyards would be easier, but poles have the advantage of simplicity. This is the boat.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    That is Eastern Yacht Club’s (Marblehead, MA) Boat. It was designed for two engines but there were so many changes that they went to one. As a result, it is really slow, and had a very uncomfortable motion at anchor. A professional Naval Architect in the club suggested it was too stiff and needed some weight in the cabin top to improve the ride motion. That was hotly debated for years as well. Boston Yacht Club and Corinthian Yacht Club both purchased commercially-available lobster boat / work boat hulls and added the RC equipment. The Carl Arlburg is pictured above. Corinthian’s is very similar. This gave them proven performance at production (instead of one-off custom) prices.
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    Best Race Committee Boats

    I’ve got to run a few races this summer solo, on our RibCraft 6.5. The club has an automatic timer / horn arrangement, so I just have to handle the flags and it’s only one fleet. Anyone rig a pole with halyards for flags? I was thinking of making up an aluminum pole with a crosstree with pulleys. Should be able to mount it in a rod holder. But looking for ideas.
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    looking for a melges 24!

    I had four buyers in waiting, two ready to bid the price up. Honored the original price. Perhaps we can play “Where does Crashtestdummy live?”or you can put your location in your profile....
  13. You want to buy MOGAS, not AVGAS, as AVGAS still has lead. We used to buy it but the local station in NH (that sells a lot of fuel to snowmobilers) sell high test without Ethanol. We use Ethanol-free fuel almost exclusively in all our carbureted small engines. Two Chainsaws, trimmer, two dirt bikes, snowmobile, three outboards, three Honda EU generators, log splitter, brush mower, and two lawn mowers. If we haven't run it full time, we run it through before we store for the season.
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    3-D printing discontinued parts

    Send me the part and I'll draw it up in SolidWorks and make them on a Stratasys machine. PM me for contact info Obtaining "cracked" commercial software is a good way to introduce malware or spyware on your machine at best, or get a demand letter from a law firm at worst. There are any number of CAD products that are free or low cost.