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Model Yachting News - Updated 13/01
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Dragonforce 65 Spares, Parts & Accessories @ Abersoch Boatyard Services
Please find below our pricing for the spares and accessories to suit your new Dragonforce 65.
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.
Most of the items below are now in stock, if you need something for your Dragonforce, just drop Tim an Email Thanks!
* The battery pack comes complete with an extension lead and velcro to relocate it to the mast box.
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
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
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 Housemartin Sails that we 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 - £28.00
New radio gear (Futaba T6J) inc rx - £150.00
Total cost - £478.00
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 £378.00.
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
17th February 2015
Many of you may know that Mrs Boatyard, Emily, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia last month and has been undergoing a course of treatment at Ysbyty Gwynedd since the 19th January. This has left Tim looking after Phoebe and as such he hasn't been into work too much recently. Nicko and Dave are busy getting things sorted for the upcoming season and if you've got a caravan with us it will be back on site when you need it however they don't always have time to answer the phone in between cups of tea and pie eating so the most reliable way to get hold of us at the moment is to drop an email to Tim. He will answer these within 24 hours. Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.
13th January 2015
Back to it! - Happy New Year to you all, it's been a busy time here at the moment. We are back at work now and dealing with lots of great enquiries for the forthcoming season here at the Boatyard. As well as this we are continuing to develop the radio sailing side of the business which keeps us more than a little occupied during the winter months. All the big boats are tucked away in our undercover storage shed and the tractors are getting a well earned rest and a some much needed maintenance over the winter months.
We are planning to commence our 2015 P&L season on the 28th March, we have some big tides the week before and with these coinciding with the spring equinox it seems sensible to leave the boats where they are until these have passed! We also realise that this might be the Easter holidays for some of you so if you know you want your boat out for that weekend please let us know.
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