April 17th 2014 Our newest tools to produce the new "Mini-Opti". With these new tools we are able to produce the highest quality 1/4 scale Optimist Dinghy. We have redesigned the kit to incorporate the deck and waterproof cover in one piece making it a better performer overall.
Here are the new cad drawings of the daggerboard with integral lead bulb which we are shipping with our new kits.
August 25th 2011,We are forming the Elgin MiniOpti Sailing Club
If you live in the Northwestern Illinois and in or around Elgin, Illinois and want to participate in club sailing please contact us. We will tentatively be meeting and sailing behind the Gail Borden Library on the Fox River once we have established our club. Anyone interested in coming out to sail one of our demo boats is welcome. We will have ten club boats and hopefully members will build boats this coming winter and we will meet to plan an tentative schedule of 2012 season of sailing regattas and events.
August 24th 2011, We want to thank you all for your patience in getting the first boat kits off of the production line but we do not want to send out hulls that are not up to our standards. We have modified the vacuum former to include a double vacuum to allow proper drawing of the thicker ABS hull in the mold. We are as anxious to get deliveries out as you are in receiving your boats but waiting a bit longer will allow us to get out the first 350 new hulls that are of the highest production quality...
August 6th 2011 - We have sourced new drum winch servo's that resolve the complicated drum tension problem.
We will be stocking 4 models of new drum servo's that have enclosed drums which eliminate the need for special handling of the drum lines. They are fully self contained and make sheeting simple and efficient. They are cost effective and will work on a wide variety of sailing models. one set has nylon gears with 4 turns and 6 turns respectively and one set has metal gears for larger boats.
July 15th 2011
This is the big week, our vacuum forming machine is running and we are doing run tests to get all the settings perfect. We will be producing kits later this week so place your orders now.