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Model Yachting News - Updated 25/9
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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
Another month has passed and things have really started to quieten down here at the yard. The weather has been pretty good for September and the village has continued to be busy. We have started to implement our servicing, winterisation and storage plan with the yard starting to get a little emptier as boats migrate slightly West for the winter months! Our undercover storage is now fully booked for the winter months. If you need your boat or jetski serviced and winterised we still have some availability so give us a shout on 01758 713900 for a quote. If you have a boat in the yard and you know you have finished with it for the season please let us know and we'll get it sorted for winter for you.
WOWSERS! - I hadn't realised that it was such a long time since I had written any news but it seems to be nearly 7 weeks. I suppose it gives you some idea of how busy we have been here at the yard. The weather decided to take a turn for the cooler during the second week of August and we have continued to have a much cooler NW airflow since then which hasn't really put anyone off going boating but it has felt more like April than August out there. We had the Glassbutter Harbour Project take place in the harbour which was a great spectacle when the tide came in.....eventually, lots of people watching and a great atmosphere. Nicko and Dave are a year older after celebrating their birthdays and here we are rapidly approaching the end of August. Remember that if you need your boat winterising or servicing we can sort that for you, just give Tim a call on 01758 713900.
We've had a busy old time of it recently, the weather has been pretty good, the sea has been pretty flat and the yard has been pretty busy. We have recently invested in some diagnostic equipment which allows us to plug your boat in and find out what is wrong with it. It is based on the manufacturers diagnostic software and is compatible with Mercury Outboards including Verado and Optimax, Mercruiser Inboards up to and including the latest fuel injection generation, Indmar (Mastercraft), PCM (Nautique) as well as Volvo petrol inboards up to and including the current fuel injection generation. We can also diagnose and repair Seadoo Jetskis and have dedicated software for Yamaha Outboards. So if your boat or ski needs a service light turning off or needs a problem fixing we can now offer you an even better service than we could before! Give Tim a call on 01758 713900 for more details or to book your boat or ski in.
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12th May 2014
After six years with us Huw has left the yard to take a full time position with North Wales Fire & Rescue Service. Whilst we are sad to see him go we wish him every success in his new post and you never know he might do the odd weekend on the tractor to keep his eye in! Good luck Huw! Finding a replacement for him wasn't an easy task as Huw was a very versatile sort of a chap, however we have found a suitable candidate, local lad Dave Jones, who started a week or so ago. Dave is very handy with the spanners and has much experience of the marine industry both locally and in the real world! We'll get some info up on him on our "about" page as soon as we can.
27th April 2014
Easter - Wow, that was a busy one! Not exactly our busiest ever but a welcome return to some settled weather and some boating for those that made it down. The village buzzed, people broke takings records, people smiled a lot and lots of people went boating. We are pretty much full now for the season but we may be able to accomodate you offsite, give us a call on 01758 713900 to discuss your requirements. We are now looking forward to the next bank holiday which is just a week away! Don't forget to check out The Timcast for the upcoming weekend weather.
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