Vac-U-Soling™ Lower Hull Kit.
Manufactured by Vac-U-Boat™
Now that this lower hull kit was approved for the Soling1M
Class, it will take
a while to obtain materials and adjust processes for manufacturing kits.
We anticipate shipping kits starting in late January. There
is a list. No deposit needed. Just ask by email and you will be confirmed to the
list. Email: email@example.com
This is NOT your father's Soling.
WHAT'S GOING ON NOW?
February 25th: Resin still not shipped from the distributor is in Texas (Snow storms). Made duplicate order to the manufacturer in PA today in case there are further delays.
Feburary 18th: Shot is here, only to discover that the liquid resin that I have has aged. It is used to make rudders and keels. Fresh resin was ordered earlier this week. Winter storms have slowed things a bit. All duplicate fiberglass molds are done. Workbench is cleared for casting keels and rudders as soon as the resin arrives. All other parts are done. Meanwhile, I'll continue to work on instruction changes.
February 3rd: I’m still waiting on lead shot to arrive. Meanwhile, I tested two versions of the deck formed with lighter materials & built the latest version of the hull. I am working on changes to the instructions and will have updated ones posted soon.
Final-version hull weight: Including the hatch cover & magnets, thinner deck with full deck liner, smaller hull liner, thinner transom liner, thinner king post mount, lighter keel shoe & shelf reinforcements, two anchor point reinforcements, all deck hardware, wired crossmember, rudder mount, rudder servo mount, smaller battery tray, keel nuts & washers & 3 coats of paint, without keel, without rudder & linkage, without servos or other electronics, 2 pounds, 3.7 ounces. Add rudder, linkage & arm 2.4oz, receiver .4oz, sail servo + arm & screws (Bilda Torque) 2.8oz., rudder servo HS225BB .9oz., battery 1,200mAh 4.0oz., sails & rigging 9.0oz for a total of 3 pounds 3.5 ounces. With a 7.0 pound keel, total weight would be about 10 pounds 3.5 ounces.
The trial kits were made with some hand-fabricated parts the same way you might make them when building a single boat for yourself. Custom plastic parts were copied using economical rubber molds and poured resin. While great for a one-off build, such methods are too labor intensive for the efficient production of boat kits. While we are waiting on more hardware bits to arrive, we are adjusting the process of making parts for the Vac-U-Soling kit. The goal is to make them lighter, stronger, and to reduce the labor necessary to produce them. We are also making adjustments to the vac-u-forming molds based upon feedback from the trial builds. Further refinements have been added such as taller ceramic deck fairleads and additional circuitry to the crossmember so you will see a blue LED light to indicate at a glance when the power is on.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!
Removable fully completed 7 pound keel with options to special-order lighter or heavier weights, completed rudder with Du-Bro rudder arm, stainless pushrod and EZ-connector for your servo, self-aligning rudder mount, integral transom on the hull, no wood components, fiberglass deck cleat backers, pre-drilled self-centering keel mount fiberglass servo board/crossmember, stainless steel keel mount, stainless steel deck hardware, plastic mast step, magnetically attached hatch cover, removable carbon fiber king post, industrial-ceramic deck fairleads, tongue-in-groove perimeter deck joint to hull, full deck, partial hull and transom reinforcing liners. Crossmember accommodates sail servos from standard footprint high-torque digital models all the way up to the HS-815BB large servo. Rudder servo is mounted near the rudder or can be mounted on the crossmember. There are no bulkheads giving you better access to the hull's interior.
Does not include paint, sails, mast, booms, sail rigging or electronics. We are working on developing a basic sail mast-rigging kit for release in the future.
Build instructions PDFs and a review by Alan. Click on the image to view.
Photos of the first prototype build:
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