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Secretary:        Glen Sayers                 Editor   Chris Breen

                        9 Reyland Close                       86 Chivalry Rd

                        Manurewa                               Glenfield

                        Ph 267 2607                              Ph 444 5482                                          July 2001

 

HOT NEWS

SPEED RUNS

Speed runs at Lake Hakanugha, (Huntly) still planned shortly, but no further news at present.

100 MINUTE OFFSHORE

Date for 100 minute offshore is 26 August. We generally run 2 x 50 minute

heats and break the entries up into as many groups as is necessary. The

course layout is decided on the day to suit the weather conditions. Rest of

rules are per rule book.

NZMPBA RULE BOOKS

NZMPBA have just printed off a few more rule books so it any of you guys need one, get in touch with Grahame Haines (130 Maxwell Rd Blenheim Ph 03 577 5124)

CLUB RACE DAY on 8 July 2001-07-12

Last race day saw about 7 or 8 boats turned up including Chris’ new OS61 powered offshore cat for its first test run. Still in undercoat grey, temporary pipe and no top as yet. Watch out Jason….

Regrettably there was only a single hydro so we only ran 6 offshore heats. Malcolm and Adrian dominated with Malcolm running “Skulduggery” and Adrian running his orange and white cat.

Other competitors were Brian with “Pussycat”, Tony and Peter with sprint cats, and our new member Russell with a crackerbox.

 

 
 

 
 

Minutes of Club Meeting 24 June 2001

About 15 members present (plus rain)

1) Merv to pick up Driver’s Stand matter with the council once Ralph has brought papers around to him, and financial position of club understood.

2) Club Champs to be later in year to allow boats currently under construction to be finished & tuned up. Weather is also more reliable later in the year.

3) Jason raised issue of double points for final race of the day. After some discussion double points confirmed by narrow margin (4 to 3 plus 8 non-votes or thereabouts)

4)Non-financial members to PAY UP at the next race day meeting (8 July)

Money to go to Wayne if Glen not in attendance)

5) Hamilton to hold 100 minute Enduro in near future. Chris to obtain rules & circulate

6) Next Handicap meeting at Hamilton on 22 July from about 8.30 am. NOTE THESE REGATTAS ALSO COUNT FOR OUR OWN CLUB POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP

CB

Editor and minute taker

Regional Handicap Series

NEXT ROUND IS HAMILTON ON 22 July 2001 from around 8.30 am. We plan to award credit for these regattas in our own club points competition and when our editor receives the individual placing information he will add appropriate points into the table at the end of this newsletter.

National Points to Date: (2) = score after two regattas

Mark Graham              1646.19           Tony Rutledge             1596.26           Neil Plumpton              1531.67

Michael Binns              1451.32           Graeme Merry             1445.47           Jason Lester               1439.92

Wayne Lester                         1437.89           Malcolm Miller(2)         2910.61           Greg Clarkson(2)        3014.98

Peter Collier                1305.44           Grant Binns                 1253.33           Chris Breen(2)                        2428.21

Don Ward                   1218.32           Jeff Weake(2)             1690.97           Nigel Bunn(2)              2582.73

Graeme                       724.64             Daryl Christiansen      621.34             John Belworthy           303.31

Tony Belle                   1424.53           Adrian Melanesi           1230.50           Peter Wright                576.77

TECH NOTES

Preparation of Metal Propellers

Most props such as Octura & Prather come out of the plastic bag in their raw casting condition. They must be both balanced and the leading edge sharpened before use. This is particularly important with props that will operate in surface piercing mode (ie create a rooster tail). In this mode the blunt leading edge is extremely reluctant to enter the water when asked to do so and would far prefer to bounce off. This naturally also lifts the stern of the boat causing behaviour that is less than desirable.

With fully submerged props the problem is much less significant but submerged props should never-the-less still be sharpened and balanced.

Sharpening

Look at your new propeller. The edges of the blades will be quite blunt. The trailing edge, particularly on a X series, may even be square. A square edge is good on the training edge but on non X- series props it is hard to tell where the training edge starts. The surface of the blade facing rearwards will be slightly concave. DO NOT FILE OR ALTER THE SHAPE OF THIS SURFACE. Some authorities even advise against polishing this surface. It is the one that does the work!

The front surface will be slightly convex and this is the one to re-shape. Start filing from the leading edge. Rest assured, YOU CANNOT MAKE the leading edge TOO SHARP. You also want to taper the blade thickness gradually although it pays not to thin the blade too much (for durability reasons only). Once you are happy with the edge remove the file marks with fine wet & dry. You are now ready to balance. But first check that both blade tips are EXACTLY the same distance from the hub. To do this fix a short stub shaft into a block of wood and slip the prop over so that the tips rest on the wood. Make a mark in the wood EXACTLY where one tip rests. Rotate the prop and check that the other tip is the same distance from the hub (You may be surprised!)

Balancing

Balancing is quite easy but it is important to make a balance that is sensitive:

Cyano-glue two Stanley knife blades to suitable pieces of balsa or ply. Once set Glue the two balsa pieces to a base block of wood while holding the two blade edges against a pane of glass. This way you will guarantee to get a perfectly parallel pair of knife edges. Place the base block on a flat surface and place a short stub length of 3/16 prop shafting across the blades. It will roll off. Shim the base block until it no longer rolls off. You are now ready to balance. Place the prop on the stub shaft and place on the knife blades. One of the propeller blades will rotate to the bottom. Note which one and continue filing the back of that blade to remove excess metal. You are no longer trying to sharpen, just lighten. Continue until neither blade falls to the bottom and finally clean up with wet and dry.

Note About Prop-walking

Offsetting the strut does not compensate for prop-walk. It compensates for torque. An extended strut tube behind the strut blade compensates for prop-walk because it lets water hit the top half of the prop. Offsetting the strut to the right lifts the right side of the boat to fight the torque spin that throws the right side down.

John Finch (Yank)

DICK-OF-THE-DAY

No DOTD today.

Points Standings

Driver

Boat

Points before Last Race day

Total Points after last race day (8/07/01)

 

Class I Off-S

   

Graham Doggett

Ohio Steel

147

147

Peter Wright

Obsession

56

69

Adrian Milanesi

Orange thingi

136

136

Adrian Milanesi

Orange & White Cat

 

64

Glen Sayers

Blue thingi

31

31

Wayne Lester

Bud Dry

27

27

Jason Lester

Coca Cola

81

81

Tony Belle

Blue & White sprint

25

74

Malcolm Miller

Skulduggery

125

192

Brian Nesbitt

Pussycat

76

131

Russell Day

 

 

26

 

Class II Off-S

   

Glen Sayers

Steves Model shop

26

26

Jason Lester

DeWalt

46

46

Malcolm Miller

Red Boat

49

49

 

Hydros

   

Chris Breen

Black Fire

40

40

Jason Lester

DeWalt

28

28

       

For Sale

 

 
 

 

Zenoah (A12) powered Cat with radio.

Offers around $500

Also mono, hull only, Scarab 900 mm

Contact Neale Dearlove

233 4423

C/o Martin Morgan

Church Rd

RD 1

Tuakau

QUESTION:

What do you call spending 4 hours at the pond, using a gallon of fuel, running several boats on the water at the same time but not racing??? It is called FUN which stands for – “Find the Ultimate Needle”

Well that is all for this newsletter people – Go fast , turn right, keep the wet side down.

 
 

Bugger….

 

C Breen – Editor

 

Careful…..

 
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