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Old 12-14-2008, 11:11 PM
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Mike,

I recently purchased the ThunderTiger and found that there were some things missing and something I need to replace. Would you please tell me where you went to in order to get your replacement parts. As I'm in the middle of construction and not wanting to waste any more time than necessary, I need to do this as quickly as possible. I'm going to keep an eye on your warnings, but so far haven't found anything to be sub-standard with the manufacture of the parts so far. I did notice that not all the hardware were there - some screws and the black string, and the main mast was pinched shut. Other than that everything seems to be good. Wish me luck.

Thank you

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Old 02-18-2009, 05:33 AM
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Hello all,
I've had my ETNZ about 6 months now.. I've sailed it off the stern of my 30 foot sloop... it's a beautiful boat, but I agree there is room for improvement...
the top swinging "gaff" fell out, was lost... improvised with coat hanger, removed and reshaped sail to a standard type marconi rig. I'm now thinking of reducing the mast to reduce heel angles.

The chainplates ripped out in about 15 knot winds, replaced with 1/4" X 1/4" brass angle, drilled 2 holes for the deck, and 2 for the chainplate... works well so far.

considering making a dacron sail for the boat as I would like to practice before making a new main for my real boat.
I've managed to cut a sail down and get good shape but that's also a big big sail by comparison... 35' vs. 3.5' LOL

we sail in the California delta and down the coast. if you're in the area please feel free to come sail with us, we can usually be found anchored out in potato slough off the san juaquin deep water channel...

I hope that posting here has inspired someone to continue to be happy with their ETNZ....
If you haven't been around real sailboats, I'd like to let you know that things break on real sailboats too. I've seen mainsheet travellers come undone in 30 know gusts.
I'll try to post some pics of how things are built on some of my small and large sailboats.

By referring to the big sailboats as "real" I am not saying that the etnz isn't real, it's as real as a 92 foot gaff rigged schooner weighing 110tons. there's actually more challenge to sailing the small boats because you can't feel the boat.

Don't give up on your boat when things start breaking, just remember when it looks strong enough... upgrade it again just to be safe.

John
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:53 AM
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Default RE: Thunder tiger etnz 1 meter sailboat

Does anyone make aftermarket chain plates and jib boom sliders for this boat.?

If not, what are you people doing to repair/replace those that break?? The connector loop just separated on my front boom slider and have only sailed the boat once. It's a shame that Thunder Tiger put such weak parts in an otherwise great boat. These should be made of brass or aluminum.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

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Old 09-01-2009, 10:02 PM
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required ETNZ reading: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1072483
Old 09-02-2009, 06:06 AM
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One method for chainplates is:
Get some twin channel track from your local DIY(shaped like this E )
cut off the outside sections, getting this T
Cut, drill, and file to get what you want.
Old 09-02-2009, 08:49 AM
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This guy has some stuff including some nice after market sails. I think he has what you need.
Have fun,
Jim

http://www.isobaryachts.com/etnz.htm

Old 07-13-2011, 07:09 PM
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I don't know if they upgraded parts or what but I have zero problems with both my China Dragon and ETNZ.. I changed some hardware to stainless and beefed up the hull attach points for the shrouds and used Spectra but these are great boats and very pretty.. Much nicer than my Nirvana.. My daughter and I were out today and she is a total beginner and I an aeromodeler for 40 years.. We had a blast in some interesting conditions. By the way the winch hood fits the standard Hitec servo like a glove! Nothing hard there! Originally used a continuous loop but the factory system is cheaper and easier!

I also used car titanium turnbuckles 4-40, three bucks each at hobby town. They look great and are very handy.

As far as the boom hinge, there was something in the kit about an updated part number.. ....??? But the boom vang should keep it from breakin. ( being pulled up to far) and the sheets need to stop before the boom over travels.. But... Everything works great and they are very attractive and sail so much better than a Nirvana and are totally dry inside after an hours sail. Love them!
Old 07-13-2011, 07:31 PM
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I pitched the stock chainplates, put plywood reinforcement on the underside and then drilled a small hole for 4-40 titanium car turnbuckles threaded them in and epoxied into hull.. Won't rust, break and looks scale.. Got the idea from my Beneteau 373! Use a ball link on the shroud end and you can clip off the loop and drill it or use the loop.
By the way I also put a compression post alongside the alum. tube inside the hull so the mast didn't compress the hull and ruin the water seal.. Around the o ring.. Also used lots of epoxy on the steering and keel post. Maybe that's why my boat stays dry. I did all the mods, glass work and had the hull ready for rigging in half a day.. On the second one.. First one took three days of head scratching and parts research. Next project is to make some storm sails for our typical 15 knot days in Corpus Christy..
Old 07-13-2011, 08:01 PM
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As to jib boom slider...... Get some 80 lb spectra and the little 3/8 in loops, looks like a tiny key ring, from a fishing supply store used for leader rigging.. Loop thru the eye in the boom then around the boom twice and then thru the little metal fishing loop and tie a square not... What you have done is used the plastic loop as just an index as the spectra around the boom tales the load.. And the little metal ring is your clip on point. Looks great, works great. All the ancient ships used tons of loops over the spars and booms and ropes (lines) as forgings were expensive or impossible to make..

Guys, nothing on this boat is all that hard to "fix". If you got a great hull the rest is easy.. The Voyager, China and ETNZ have a great hull. If sailed in light winds per the instructions all works fine. If you want to push it you just need to beef it up.

We snapped a sheet block on our new Beneteau the second time out because of a badly handled jibe. So nothing is indestructible.

Great boats, and I am a picky *****!
Katarina (aboard the Morning Mist) gulf of Mexico
Old 08-31-2011, 04:38 AM
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Do you guys have any pics of your modifications?

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Can one of you ETNZowners tell me how heavy the stock ballast is?
Old 11-03-2011, 03:24 AM
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Never mind about the ballast weight question on the previous post. I bought the entire boat and I a'm lovin it.

Old 11-08-2011, 04:22 AM
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Hi, There is an Americas Cup RC class in Europe called the AC120. Go to their site and you will find a lot of plans. Another source is
The AC100 class which is one meter. There is a lot of info at the RC Sailing forum on scratch built boats. Attached photo of my AC100
Prada. Regards
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Hi Norman 2,
Is that an ETNZ with a differrent paint job or did you build that from a plan? Do you have links? One last question - is there a classwherethe stock TT ETNZ belongs or can be raced?
Old 11-08-2011, 05:20 AM
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From my understanding the ETNZdoes not fit into any of the sanctioned classes. Which is a shame. But if we could get the AC120 to take off here would be great!
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HI, The only part I used from the ETNZ kit was the hull, Keel fin, bulb, rudder, booms and mast are Carbon Fiber, Sails are by Vision Sails
and Chain plates from RC Sailing Australia. I used the specs from the AC100B plans from RC Sailing forum. Paint by me. This is a very
fast and excellent sailing boat and very superior to the original ETNZ kit. In the RC Groups forum under a thread calletd TT AC100 hyrid you
can see everything I modified. It is a lot of hard work but the results are fantastic. Regards
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:12 AM
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Default RE: Thunder tiger etnz 1 meter sailboat

Norman, I checked your thread to see what you did to the original hatch to make it waterproof. You don't mention anything, did you mod anything there?

Thanks, V.
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Hi V. The only modification I did to the hatch was to replace the inner tubing on the hatch with a larger diameter tubing. I have no leaks at all.
I got the tubing at Ace Haardware. I also attached two latches to make sure it was tightened down. Regards
Norman
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ORIGINAL: Norman2

Hi V. The only modification I did to the hatch was to replace the inner tubing on the hatch with a larger diameter tubing. I have no leaks at all.
I got the tubing at Ace Haardware. I also attached two latches to make sure it was tightened down. Regards
Norman

Norman,
-Did you have to add the latches after you have replaced the silicone tubing becuase it still leaked
OR
-It did not leak after but you just added the latches as added security.

Can please show pics.
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Thanks Norman, if you have any pics of the latches installed, that would be a big help!

Cheers,V.
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Hi V. I just added the latches for security. Will post some photos today.
Norman
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Hi, Here are a couple of photos on the latches on the front of the hatch. Regards
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Thanks Norman
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I am loving mine more and more...
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A short video ofthe Closed Loop Sheet Line Rigging

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