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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #100 on: August 11, 2017, 07:16:29 PM »

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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #101 on: August 11, 2017, 07:16:49 PM »

As regards my Affinity I've been doing a bit of sail tuning to get the mainsail a bit tighter and remove a line of tension from the lowest luff ring to the far bottom corner.

Hopefully Monday is a decent day to try it out.

Ordered the better DF bowsies and a few other spares.
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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #102 on: August 11, 2017, 07:32:47 PM »

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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #103 on: August 11, 2017, 07:36:25 PM »

It cannot be emphasised enough NOT to over tighten the screws on reassembly. Consequences are the hull develops cracks.
However no one says how tight is tight  {-)
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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #104 on: August 11, 2017, 10:54:12 PM »

No but it fills with water


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3ApTVXstEE

   I have seen no sign of my Affinity keel fin/trunk taking on water and am happy to leave well alone until it does
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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #105 on: August 11, 2017, 10:55:51 PM »

It's not necessarily evident certainly my DF showed no external evidence but it was full
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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #106 on: August 13, 2017, 10:24:14 AM »

Spent yesterday officiating at the RG65/DF65 Travellers Series 6 races at the lovely Furzton Lake , Milton Keynes.  Field of 21 sailors, 4 of them being DF65's.   Brings home to you just how much faster the "proper" RG65 designs are over the DF's and I would assume the Affinity.  That said, the DF's sailed well and enjoyed racing against each other but the carbon fibre skinny design RG's with swing rigs do sail so fast.

 Interestingly, one lady skipper sailing her DF was struggling a bit as she hadn't experienced similar conditions before, until one of my club members (also officiating) suggested that she change down to a B suit, when the boat sailed much smoother. Although it wasn't overpowered in the A suit, it just seemed much nicer to sail and she seemed much happier
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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #107 on: August 13, 2017, 11:16:47 AM »

Yes, that's why I'm just doing the fun racing at my local club. Don't really want to get into the really competitive stuff with carbon fibre etc.

I've got the B suit on my Affinity and I'm happy to leave it on even though I'm left behind sometimes. Trouble is at our club the wind is very inconsistent and often gusty in places so it's difficult to choose an ideal suit.

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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #108 on: August 13, 2017, 02:52:14 PM »

No wind
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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #109 on: August 16, 2017, 12:25:57 PM »

   The Affinity hatches have finally arrived.  Took 8 days to travel from DC to Newark, NY to clear US.  once landed took Royal Mail one day to deliver and no added customs handling fee.

  Thanks to Craig Huzway for the hatches, now just have to sort of who wants what
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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #110 on: August 19, 2017, 12:58:43 PM »

Despite variable wind conditions, sometimes when there was virtually none, just got back from an enjoyable afternoon sailng the Affinity for the first time and was very pleased with it.

In light winds the boat went well enough but as the water level is about 18" below the banks I could do with fitting the bigger sails.   

 As mentioned previously, I ordered a high aspect A suit from Catsails , which arrived this morning. Interestingly in the package, you get a diagram with all the dimensions of the sails AND the correct area already calculated.  Comes to 2249.01 square cm, so just inside the max. So glad that I didn't have to get the calculator out and do the maths.   Now just need to fine tune the mast and booms to the sails.
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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 sail winch servo
« Reply #111 on: August 19, 2017, 05:45:10 PM »

What are your thoughts on the cost of spare parts? I think most are reasonable but the sail winch servo is targeting 26  >:-o
That is simply robbery just because you have to use one from joysway dragon force suppliers to comply with class rules.
I have found the identical servo albeit with a different drum but you can use your old one for under 8 delivered from China and most likely from the same factory.


I joined the facebook DF65 group but they keep deleting my posts  {-)  I wonder why
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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #113 on: August 27, 2017, 04:44:24 PM »

Affinity now has its new high aspect A suit from Catsails.  Pretty much same area as the kit A suit, just in a different place.  Max height mast fitted to cope
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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #114 on: August 27, 2017, 11:17:52 PM »

Wow, that looks very tall. I think I'd struggle to get that in the car without de-rigging.

Even my neighbour's with the A suit fitted looks tall so I'm sticking with the B suit.

Looks like you have painted and fitted one of the hatch covers to match the sails there?
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Re: Dragonforce 65 V6 battery options
« Reply #115 on: August 27, 2017, 11:38:47 PM »

Hi Chris,

 It is quite tall. I may get it in the car as is, if not it is pretty quick rigging job.   I have been using one of Craig's hatches for about the last year. The yellow you can see is a deck patch over the hatch. Belt and braces !   I may change the arrangement now that I have a clear hatch available
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