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    Retrofitting your Older Version (v3-5) DragonForce 65 with the v6 Tray

    Retrofitting your Older Version (v3-5) DragonForce 65 with the v6 Tray

    The new tray design for the v6 DragonForce is fantastic. Far cleaner and no flex in the tray, also moulded  to accommodate the stock sail winch.

    Joysway and the DF Design team have collaborated to design this tray so existing DF65 owners  can retrofit your older Version 3-5 Dragon Force for a better electronic arrangement and no more tray flex!

    All you need are the parts kits:

    and 2 tools :

    • 2.5 mm Hex wrench
    • small phillips head screwdriver                          

    Procedure:

    1. Remove screws for Sail servo drum and rudder servo horn Removing drum & horn
    2. Unplug servo leads and remove receiver  / Remove Servos from Tray, leaving the                            leaving the winch drum and rudder control arm  on the boat.
    3. You can leave the drum  but wound   will need to break the old tray to remove it intact, and will have to squeeze it into the new tray                                                                        
    4. Remove both Trays / ( save 4 of the tray screws) / 
    5. Remove Switch Assembly from old tray
    6. Install Sail winch, Rudder Servo, and old power Switch on the new tray, use the 4 saved screws to attach at the 4 corners, taking care to make sure that the rudder control arm and the winch line are not in between the bulkhead & tray
    7. Finally Install your new switch arm retrofit arm through the rubber cap and weave it into the hole in the switch                                                                            
    8. Reinstall your servo leads into the receiver  and make sure your settings and geometry for your rudder servo arm and winch line are at their correct settings!
    This retrofit  is an easy, fast upgrade for veteran DF65 skippers to enjoy some of the improved features of the new v6 DragonForce 65 . 
    Thanks for making the DF65 continue as one of the most popular boats on the planet!

    In Depth Look at the DragonForce 65 Version 6

    In Depth Look at the DragonForce 65 Version 6

    The new Version 6 Dragon Force 65 will hit the Dragon Sailing warehouse this week!

    We were lucky enough to travel to Nuremberg, Germany Toy Fair to debut this new boat for our lineup and meet the great team that makes it all happen.

    The  management team at Joysway Hobby and the UK design team 

    Joysway Management & John Tushinghamhave forged a partnership  to making the DF Racing sailboats, both high quality and affordable.  We all strive to continue to improve the product while maintaining  a clean one design restricted class that can appeal to both racers, enthusiasts, and beginning sailors world wide.

    John Tushingham, the lead designer behind the products, was gracious enough to give us a complete live walk through of the new DF65 v6 so you can get an in depth look at how we have tried to make this version of the DF65 the best and final version of one of the most successful sailboats in the world! 

    The new boat will be available this week in North America! 

     

    HARDCORE SAILING - The Inaugural DF95 National Championship, Oct 28-30 2016

    HARDCORE SAILING - The Inaugural DF95 National Championship, Oct 28-30 2016

    Both veteran RC skippers and newcomers to the sport learned what hardcore sailing is all about at the inaugural DragonFlite 95 National Championship Regatta Oct 28-30, 2016  on Lake Ray Hubbard in Garland, TX.


    DF95s at Start of 2016 DF95 USA NCR43 Skippers sailed in the 3 day event which also had the distinction of being the largest RC sailing regatta in North America in 2016!  Both the conditions and the competition were challenging as the winds ranged from 5 mph all the way up to 20 MPH and B rig conditions most of day 2, creating big chop, big waves, and big fun !!

    USA 51 Skipper Tony GonsalvesThe Bass Pro Shop venue features an open dock and great control area and allowed the Race Committee to set up square and fair courses throughout the event. Principal Race Officer Fred Rocha, kept a brisk pace with nearly 50 heats and 16 total races. 2016 DF95 USA Champion, USA 55 Mark Golison, Long Beach CAThe top 10 skippers were all National Champions in other radio sailing classes so the competition was tough all the way through the fleet! The lead changed hands several times, but in the end Mark Golison, from Long Beach CA edged Gary Boell to claim the inaugural DF95 USA Championship! We are looking forward to a big 2017 for the DragonFlite 95 and expect the class to expand into regional regattas all over the USA! Check out the highlight video below:

    DragonFlite 95 ... Sailing Across the  Generation Gap in Michigan

    DragonFlite 95 ... Sailing Across the Generation Gap in Michigan

    It seems rare these days for  teenagers and younger kids relate to an older generation with all the flashy choices they have,  ranging from Hi Res video games, phone texting, and 300 TV channels.

    The Markey / Boerema  family in Michigan has found a great way to bridge that gap ... with radio sailing and the DragonFlite 95!Pictured left to Right - Schuyler (11), Chris (19), Grandpa Larry (70), Jameson (15), Dad Dick (50)

    Age makes no difference in determining how fast your boat goes in radio sailing. Being fast on the water, all boils down to the sailing basics. Sail trim, course selection, and tactics are still what put you on top in a sailboat race. 
    As Grandpa Larry says, "The reasons we decided to RC sail as a family are first it is fun, second it is very good practice for full size racing strategy.
    Another thing I like is the DF95 has the same sail adjustments as a big boat. It is helping teach the kids how important boat setup and sail shape is."                                    
    This Michigan family of lifelong avid sailors have  found that sailing the new DragonFlite 95 is a great way bridge that gap, and have a great time doing it! 

     

     

    Of course having a great one design boat like the DF95 lets the crafty sailing veterans like Larry and Dick, make sure they can hang in there with their athletic kids and keep the competition on a level playing field on their home built summer course. 

    The youngest sailor in the family, 11- year old Schuyler, assembled his own DF95 ready to race kit and even put the same sticker on the boat that he uses on his full size Optimist Pram, "Need for Speed" . 

    Brother Chris also assembled his boat while Grandpa Larry, who is a veteran RC Skipper who has sailed EC12M's and Soling 1M's ,  answered any questions;  a nice summer family project!



                                                                                                       
    They have also  set up their own race course, marks, and start clock to race with, as well. 

    This family will be sailing together for a long time to come and a new part of that tradition is now their DragonFlite 95s! Look for them on at the Kensington RC Sailboat Club in Detroit, Michigan  or maybe even a regatta soon near you! 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    FlySky FS-i6 Telemetry Radio System , your best low cost  RC Sailing radio solution!

    FlySky FS-i6 Telemetry Radio System , your best low cost RC Sailing radio solution!

    Like most RC Skippers, I have used many different radios over the years, including high dollar systems like Futaba, Spectrum, even the old Ace Nautical Commanders! 

    I was very frustrated with the high cost,  constant loss of signal and breakage of even the best systems. but like anything, technology often becomes less expensive and better as time goes on, and often more reliable! 

    A couple years ago  I switched to the FlySky FS-T6 system and I was very pleased. The relative low cost of the system ($65 USD) and also replacement receivers ($15)  cut my costs by nearly 100-200%! The only hitch was that the receivers had a single antenna that needed a very specific placement to stay in contact. Than last year at the RG65 Nationals my friend Baron, showed up with the latest FlySky TX/Rx called the i6, which was lightweight, small, no antenna to break, dual antennas on the receiver and best of all.. TELEMETRY so you could see what charge you boat battery had in real time!

    I immediately purchased one, and its all I've used on every boat I own since then.  With all the tech built in to this radio, it's as reliable a system for RC sailing at an affordable cost! Similar systems with these features from Futaba , Spectrum, or Graupner will cost over $300!!

    We decided that this radio system was simply as good as it got, so we decided to source them temporarily as our RTR radio for the new DragonFlite 95, but had to pay full retail price.

    With our overseas contacts we have now become a distributor and are sourcing this radio directly. Additionally we have speced it out with the superior iA6B receiver which has a hard case ( better moisture protection than the iA6A park flyer receiver which normally comes in the package) coated antenna tips, and also plug ins for some of the other telemetry modules which are available! You can only find this combo on our site in North America!

    We are offering this system for $65 USD 

    We are working with FlySky and hope that we will be able to offer a GPS module  that you can plug in by the end of the year!

    Here are some of the features