DF95 Clinic Notes

Notes based on Thursday’s mini clinic session has prompted me to share some tips based on observations.

  1. Rob would rather not be training for a collegiate rowing regatta so please program your radio and activate the FAILSAFE feature. When the RECEIVER loses transmitter signal the sails will go out and rudder will go hard to starboard or port and your boat will circle as opposed to sailing away. This will not work if you forget to put the boat switch ON! The FlySky links for this are below.
  2. Write your cell phone number on your cockpit cover in the hope that it may be returned in case of an irretrievable runaway.
  3. Always use a freshly charged battery in the boat and never let you radio batteries go below 4.9.
  4. If your jib luff is wobbly tension your backstay.
  5. Your rudder is ineffective without water flow so get forward motion first and don’t trim sails completely to “close hauled” until then to prevent another stall.
  6. Use CorrosionX on all metal contact surfaces every month.
  7. Rinse your boat with fresh water shortly after use and leave your cockpit hatch off when boat is stored.
  8. Always use a neck lanyard for your Radio as they are not waterproof.
  9. In big breeze, better to over stand the lay slightly line then be short.
  10. Useful FlySky links: 

FlySky SetupFail safe and more 

Trim and subtrim

5 functions


Binding to multiple receivers

Flysky FS-i6 best Beginners radio

Jim P

Rob’s DF95 Clinic

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How to tune the DF95 at the beach for “normal conditions.”

Turn on radio and boat, sheet in the sails all the way. Tighten the backstay.

-end of jib boom over the bevel where the deck meets the hull (this is farther out than the building instructions)

-end of main boom over the cockpit side wall

-snug the main down haul, but not so much as to create the rolling wrinkle down the sail right behind the mast. 

-hold the boat sideways or fill the sails with wind. Adjust the Vang to create a gentle curve along the back edge of the main. If you hold the boom on the center line of the boat, at its deepest point, the curve will be a generous 2 fingers width from the back stay if the end of the boom is on the boat centerline. Holding the main boom on the centerline allows you to use the backstay as a measuring device. Do not trim the main boom to the boat’s centerline. The end of the main boom when sails are in tight should be over the cockpit side wall.

-snug or loosen the jib topping lift to create a similar curve along the jib’s back edge in relation to the topping lift. The jib’s curve should be a little more generous than the main.

-if a light air day, slightly more generous curves. If robust breeze, slightly less curve.