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The two links below are actively updated with new content on a regular basis.!
Online Shop - For all the DF and RC Laser goodies that we stock
Soch Sails - For info about all the Radio Sailing goodies that we produce
RC Laser Stuff
Click on the links below to find out more, these links are not regularly updated but pricing information should be correct.
The links below have not been updated for some time and any pricing info will not be correct. To purchase our DF products please check out our online shop
We have decided to "Facebook" it up and have started a page for our Model Yacht Division, sounds grand but it's just a facebook page. Clicky the magic "F" to take a look.
DF Spares, Parts & Accessories @ Abersoch Boatyard Services
Looking for a new suit of sails for your boat, click here.
Fancy changing the colour of your DF65 in just 5 minutes?, click here
There is also a list of "extra" bits that you might need if you are competing with your DF65. It is at the bottom of the page.
We have moved the spares page to our online shop and will be supplying a limited number of parts for the DF yachts as well as sails and accessories. Please check out the shop for more details.
So What Else Might I Need?
There has been some debate about whether or not the actual cost of £150 for a DF65 is accurate in getting you competing. Lets look at the options.
Option 1 - Club racing - I'm going to take Birkenhead MYPBC as an example here, there are a number of members (15+) that have established a fleet of DF65's at the club and they have decided that they will allow use of an A rig and a B rig only but they have allowed aftermarket sails. If it is windy enough for a C rig they'll chat and drink coffee which suits them down to the ground! They have allowed radio gear to be changed and other mods to be done in accordance with the DF65 class rules.
Total cost - Boat, A & B suit, B rig kit. - £229.00 ish
Option 2 - The Full Monty - If like me you fancy mixing it with the big guns of the RG65 fleet then you are going to need the C rig on top of the A & B rigs.
Total cost - as option 1 + C rig kit & Sails - £282.00 ish
I have not included the cost of rechargeable battery packs or up specced radio gear in these costings, but as a rough guide you should have two battery packs (£16 each from us). If you want to upgrade the radio gear then you can spend from about £50 upwards. You might want some rig bags (£5 each for A, B & C from us) and perhaps a few other trinkets to have about you but you won't need much.
The above costings are based on the Soch Sails that we manufacture and supply.
Option 3 - Lets say you are completely new to the sport of Radio Sailing and want to go the full monty, change radio gear etc, with your first boat then what will your cost be ? I'll base this cost on what I sailed with at the Nationals.
Boat (without radio gear) - £135.00
B & C Rig kits - £60.00
A, B & C suits from Graphite - £105.00
2 x Battery Packs - £32.00
New radio gear (Futaba T6J) inc rx - £150.00
Total cost - £482.00 ish
I placed fifth in the 2013 Dragon Force Nationals, more down to my sailing ability than my choice of equipment! This was only my second twin sail event having usually sailed an RC Laser I found there was much more tuning to be done with the DF65.
As mentioned radio gear is available from around £50 so you could take £100 off the price of my boat straight from the get go and be at £382.00 ish
Option 4 - You buy the boat and two extra rig kits (£150 + £60) and then you spend £40 on some materials and you have a go at making your own sails. The rules say you can and that would get you a fully kitted boat with all three rigs for £250.00 ish
26th April 2017
Bank Holiday Incoming! Without actually doing a Timcast it looks like the Early birds on Saturday will get some boating in, Sunday looks like a windy pub day and Monday looks reasonable at the moment. It looks mainly dry for the duration which is good news.
21st April 2017
Happy New Season! Yet again we've been super busy with everything apart from the website, hopefully we are now able to find a little more time to make regular updates to the site during the coming season which got underway in late March. The Yard is once again full for the 2017 season with a mix of old and new customers. Here's hoping we have a great boating season and who knows there might even be a Timcast or two! Tim is back at the yard full time and you can call him on 01758 713900 or email him.
Contacting us is as easy as mailing Tim or calling the yard on 01758 713900
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