Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Keep Clear

Keeping Clear in Racing Rules of Sailing


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Here is  a great explanation of “keeping clear” when sailing. Although it is written for full size sailboats, it is completely relevant to RC sailing. More important, though, is having fun!

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Nirvana in Salt Water?


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The Megatech manual says “no!”, but we say “yes!” We (SailRC) have always contended that Nirvana is as suitable in salt water as any boat in her price range, if not even more suitable.  “Price range” has to do with the quality of the “stainless” steel used in this boat, and some of the other […]

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Up a Creek – Without a Rudder!!


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The bullet-proof RC Laser has long invited sailors to be more careless about collisions.  But one type collision can disable an RC Laser. If one boat’s bow crosses the aft deck of another boat it may hit the top of the rudder, unhooking it – which leads to ejecting the non-floating rudder  %$^&*#@! For years […]

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Loosie Goosie


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Help! I have a loose gooseneck on my RC Laser. Now what? Here is all you need: • A ruler of some sort • Your mast • Your gooseneck • Gorilla Glue or similar glue • A rag Apply glue around the mast from the 4 ½” mark to about the 6 ½” mark. Slide […]

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2 RC Lasers gliding

Science of Smooth


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If you sit around the pub or fireplace and discuss winning sailboat races, you invariably will end up in a discussion of how smooth should my boat bottom be, what paint, what wax, etc, etc.  It is really amusing what people have tried.  Thus I present you this terrific article by Paul Grimes.  Paul Grimes […]

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squeezing a lemon

Squeeze Me, Baby!


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I have witnessed, first hand, owners of the RC Lasers vigorously shaking their boats trying to get the water to come out that ridiculous little hole in the transom.  I have even heard of those that have drilled out the hole and put a stopper in it – so they could drain the boat easily. […]

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New Tips & Tricks


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Tips & Tricks (T&Ts) are “how-tos” for model sailboats.  We are posting new articles often and will highlight some of them in our newsletter.  If you want to see all the T&Ts for the RC Laser, for instance, go to our website at SailRC.com, and go into Skippers Log.  There in the right column find […]

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Speed Clips


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Speed Clips are a super accessory for the RC Laser IF you know how to install them correctly. All sails for the RC Laser come with an outhaul line tied to the clew of the sail.  This line is designed to be fed through the bale of the aft slider on the boom and then […]

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Boom Vang – Nirvana


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Issue: Boom vang fittings at the lower end of the boom vang tackle fail.  Either the tang hole breaks out of the mast fitting, or the “L” shaped pivot fitting fails.  To clarify nomenclature.  The mast tang is the tongue that sticks out from the bottom of the mast with a hole in it.  The “L” […]

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Baby Black Blocks


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Go on, say that 3 times fast “Hmmm – must be some kind of packing material, I’ll just throw them away.”  WRONG!! Servo Wedges –  There are two baby black rubber blocks that perform a critical job in your cockpit.  They often are shaken loose from their assigned tasks during shipping – and they don’t […]

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