Fancy getting more involved in running one of our events? You will need to be a member
and have some knowledge about how we work. We do require more volunteers to help
fulfil this role. Please do put your name forward, by Ian here. (Full support will
be given and assistance offered to ensure the fun element which underlines all which
we seek to do and achieve continues).
(WITHOUT OOD’S OUR EVENTS WILL NOT RUN!)
IN NEED OF SOME GRAPHICS / DECALS
FOR YOUR BOAT?
Great decals add the finishing touch to a GREAT LOOKING BOAT.
If you want some from a person who is already making some superb ones for his own
boats, then give Luke a call.
The boats on the RHS have some of Luke’s decals on them.
For competitive prices, and more information, please contact Luke now.
FANCY A BIG GAS BOAT WITH A BIG GAS ENGINE?
Take a look at these supplier sites. MHZ boats and other bits on first link, Mathe
engines on the second link below. I’ve personally never heard of these nor have I
used them, but I know several club members have.
(If ordering from any suppliers, several members and I recommend payment by Paypal
as a secure way of undertaking transactions)
Santa bought me a brand new 4 stroke glow engine for Christmas. Been itching to test
it! It’s a Weston UK RCV 58 Marine. Its for racing in the B class next year in a
wooden Huntsman 31, (46 inch version).
Finally braved the cold weather with my trusted pit woman, and looked forward to
the forthcoming mild spell on 30th December.
On arrival, The lake looked calm, DEADLY FLAT CALM. Just as it did in 1912!!!! Surprisingly
there were no other hardy boaters in sight! (Did they know something I didn’t?)
I started the RCV 4 stroke Glow engine up, it fired first time, and she ran like
a dream, at least for the first few laps. Boat was leaping about a bit, and making
some cracking and crunching noises!!! I was told the 4 stroke engine sounds different,
bit like a Merlin! It does sound great!
Unbeknown to me, below the flat calm water was half an inch of solid ice. The second
pic shows the chopped up ice now floating. The top pic shows the “calm melt water”
above the ice sheet. The ice had been crunching away at my BOAT!
My boat stalled, and stopped dead still in the lake, rescue required. It was quite
a lengthy rescue as I had to chop the ice with the rowing oars!!!!!
Bottom two pictures show the stringers on the hull totally trashed!!! Prop and rudder
also had plenty of nicks in them as well!
At least it has given me an excuse to spend some time in my shed - repairs now well
underway, see below.
Moral of the story, the RCV is a very robust ice breaking engine!!! Can’t wait to
test it again soon in better conditions.
I won’t be risking ice on a lake again!!!!
Happy new year all. I have a tiny bit of video footage if anyone is interested.
TESTING ON ICE!
Repairs now well underway. (See below). Hopefully will be re-testing on water not
ice shortly! The great thing about wood, is that it is easy to repair to original
finish at minimal expense!
The Fairey Marine Huntsman 31 is still available in both wooden kit form and also
with a glass fibre hull. (I would race mine in BMPRS events as it is not put together
particularly well from a purist scale point of view. (However, I would probably
not run a nicely finished article in case of knocks and bumps etc).
It makes for a fantastic build project and is ideally suited to Glow engines, (6.5
- 10cc) or petrol, or electric. This is the 46 inch version, but it is also available
in a smaller hull size 36 inch (approximately). Great fun to drive and the deep V
hull handles rough water well, including the sea, and the local Docks!!
Just have white paint to touch up around side stringers, then all good to go.