Still Truckin’ Along

Hi folks, hope you’re all well. I’m not sure what the weather has been doing across the globe but here in the UK we had another belter of a week last week and this week has begun the same, wall to wall sunshine & blue skies. Not a whole heap of breeze here so I’m not feeling too bad about not being able to sail.

Just a quick service update on how we are getting along and how your order might be progressing through our workload. Firstly, huge thanks again to all those of you that have placed orders with us recently, you’re keeping me sane in these strange times and allowing me to usefully remember what day of the week it is!

So UK shipments are a little slower than usual still, this is due to the sheer volume of mail passing through the system. Three to four days seems to be the norm currently, anything quicker than that is  a bonus!  Shipments to the USA vary depending on whereabouts in the country you are, USPS have posted some delays but they don’t cover inbound International shipments. We had a 9 day shipment last week which was encouraging but I reckon it’s more like a two week shipping time currently. again this is down to the sheer volume of post moving through the system. Rest of the world seems to be similar, a little delayed but ultimately getting to your doorstep in one piece.

We are still shipping once or twice a week which may add a couple of days to your order, it’s only sensible that we continue this way for the time being.

Other than that there isn’t a whole heap to report, we’ve completed a large sticker order for Dragon Sailing North America which will ship tomorrow. It contains full hull & deck sticker sets for both 65 and 95 in ten different colours. I’m sure Chuck will get them all listed when they arrive with him. There are two new colours, Aqua and Silver, they look good ans we’ll more than likely add them to our lineup too.

Sticker sets….lots of them…but how many?

We’ve plenty to be getting on with but please remember that the shop is open 24/7 to take your order.

Time for a cold beer now.  Stay safe folks.

 

Getting through it!

I sincerely hope that you are all well and are coping with whatever life is currently throwing at you with the customary good cheer and humour that us radio sailors seem to have. Whatever your situation is it is bound to be far removed from your normal routine. I for instance am having my first Easter off in twenty years. Whilst mentally it is no hardship I can’t help thinking that the boatyard would have had another bumper Easter weekend, the weather is pretty sweet up here in our little corner of N. Wales.

The garden at Soch Sails HQ looks amazing, spring certainly hasn’t taken a break, as I’m writing this I’m listening to a woodpecker in one of the trees in the garden and there is a whole heap of birdsong that you never really listen to. IMG_8625

I’ve had worse places to work from……

Certainly life is a little slower, things happen as they happen and stuff can’t be rushed.

I’m luckier than most in this strange time, I can still get to work and enjoy fulfilling a good number of Soch Sails orders for all manner of our products, from DF65 sails, DF95 sails, rig bags, sticker sets, deck patches and RC Laser parts and even the odd boat here and there. Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t as busy as we usually are but we are still seeing a healthy number of orders through our inbox.

To those that have placed orders recently, thank you, you are keeping me sane!

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Workshop still busy.

The shipping side of things is still plodding along too, UK items are still making their destinations within a couple of days of leaving us via the post office. Shipping to the wider world is a little slower currently with expected delivery slots being around 2 – 3 weeks from point of shipping from us. All our non UK parcels are shipped on a tracked and signed service so it’s easy to find out how your shipment is progressing through the system although sometimes the info is currently a little scarce.

We are shipping once or twice a week, which limits our exposure to the wider community which is only sensible at this time.

So to recap, we are still plodding along, we are healthy and happy and dare I say it we are enjoying the more relaxed pace of life. Orders are being manufactured and shipped. Shipping is a once or twice a week deal, UK shipping times are similar to usual, wider world shipments are perhaps a little delayed but can be tracked.

The online shop is open 24/7 as always so if you need something or even just fancy building that rig you’ve not gotten around to yet then please feel free to place your order with us. There is every chance that if the UK lockdown continues I might just get around to building the fabled D rig for my own DF95!!

Clicky here to take a look at the online shop.

Stay safe everyone.

 

One or two of this weeks production.

Lockdown & Soch Sails

Crikey, that escalated quickly didn’t it!

I think in these odd times it is only sensible to add some clarity regarding our Soch Sails business and how it should work during the upcoming month, perhaps longer.

I have closed The Boatyard, this means that I am the only member of staff currently on site. The site is around an acre in size so I’m not in contact with anyone during the work day and if anyone does turn up we can be as far apart as required.

With that in mind I am plodding on with orders as usual and we will continue to manufacture current and new orders as normal.

Shipping orders out is where I need to be a little careful. The Post Office is designated as a key business that must stay open during the lockdown and as such we can go there and get our orders shipped worldwide. I am however very aware of being out and about too much and I am probably going to do post runs once or twice a week for the next month or so. This might slow down our usual next day service for UK orders but I hope you’ll understand the situation. Currently we have no significant delays on overseas shipments.

If at any point in the future I am unable to come to work I am beginning renovation of the Soch Sails HQ which served us so well in the early days. It’s a fantastic workspace in the back garden, hidden away from everything and everyone which we can continue production from without issue.

So, to recap.

Online shop  – Open

Manufacture of current and new orders – Continuing uninterrupted

Shipping of orders – Short UK delay due to reduced post runs from base. Worldwide orders currently unaffected.

Morale levels – High!

May I wish everyone the best of health in these very strange times. Stay safe.

Coronavirus & Soch Sails

Hello, well this is an odd time isn’t it. So I’ve just shut down my boatyard business for the next month at least so I’ve got a whole heap more time to be building sails for radio sailing yachts!

We haven’t yet seen any drop off in our orders and we are shipping items as soon as we are able to. UK parcels are still shipping in a couple of days. Shipping to the wider world has not seen significant increases in lead time either. Shipping to Italy is currently an issue as there are clearly bigger issues than post and we wish all our customers there safe passage through this worrying time.

So I’m in the workshop most days carrying on. Luckily the village we are based in has voluntarily shut down and we are unlikely to see visitors. I can leave home and arrive at work without interacting with anyone else and whilst that is an option I will continue to do so. If the situation deteriorates then I will relocate production to home, where we started the business and have the space to continue working from should we need to.

So if you are self isolating and need a new suit of sails for your DF racing yacht, or any other class, then please get in touch and we’ll get you sorted.

Please stay safe in these uncertain times and we’ll continue doing what we do for you.

So, to recap, the shop is open, I’m here, so keep sending us your orders and we’ll keep shipping stuff out to you. Thanks for your continued support.

Cheers

Tim

Radio Sailing @ The Dinghy Show

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“Welcome to the radio sailing pool at the RYA Dinghy Show”………50 times a day!

After a few weeks back at base and a good catch up with orders and some workshop cleaning and tidying we are getting ready for another road trip. This time we are off to London to The RYA Dinghy Show for the weekend.

There is a growing presence of Radio Sailing at the show, the DF Racing UK crew have a stand (W16) and that’s where I’ll be based for the weekend. There will be a couple of DF yachts on the stand along with a lot of useful info about the boats and the class association available.

The MYA have a stand as usual (J13) and they are promoting the upcoming World Championships at West Kirby as well as giving you lots of info about where you can get involved with radio sailing around the UK. They also have a “spot the buoy” competition with the chance to win a DF65 with radio and other goodies. ebtry forms are available on the MYA and DF stand….get involved!

There is also the return of the ever popular pool with a fleet of DF65’s for you to have a go with. Mike will be on hand to guide you and your mates through a frankly difficult racecourse! Have a go all weekend.

So we are leaving early tomorrow and the workshop will be closed until Monday. The show is always well attended and we are looking forward to catching up with some good friends over the course of the show.

Show details are available here.

Just an Update

Our trip to Germany was…well…as usual pretty epic. Much amusement, many beers and a good catch up with some good friends.

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It was late…or early…. but we were hungry!

That was followed by our first DF Racing UK TT event where we were greeted by some pretty fierce breeze on the Saturday, I’m glad I ate all that cake otherwise I would possibly have blown away. Sunday was a better day with a little less breeze but it was right in between A & B rigs so there was a lot of rig swapping throughout the day.

After five nights out on the bounce I was pretty stoked to finish third on Saturday with the DF65 and fourth on Sunday with the DF95, a great start to the 2020 season.

Once back at base and well rested we’ve spent the last couple of weeks busy in the workshop getting orders ready and sent out all over the world. Today for instance has been a three bag trip to the post office with seventeen orders for the UK, USA, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands and Australia. A mix of goodies from DF sails to rig bags and lots of RC Laser spares too. We have also restocked our friends at RC Yachts with all that we do for them.

Having boxed off our orders and with it being half term for Phoebe I’m having a day or two off now so I’ll be back in the workshop later in the week. It would be nice to go sailing this weekend too but it looks like it might be a bit breezy once again which is a pain as I’ve not been on the water for a few weeks now. Anyhow there are worse problems to have I’m sure.

Remember that the shop is open 24/7 for you to browse and any orders placed will be dealt with pretty swiftly on my return. In the meantime check out some of our recent work below.

Away we go!

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So we are setting off to the first DF Racing TT event on Tuesday morning. We are taking a bit of a detour which will actually take us pretty much 2000 miles out of our way and all the way to the Nuremberg toy fair. We’ve had some fun times in Nuremberg, legends have been born, beer cellars have been drunk dry, important meetings have taken place and it’s almost always my birthday when we go!! We fly out on Wednesday morning and will be back again late on Thursday evening before finally getting on the road to Southport.

As such the workshop will be closed between Monday 27th January until Monday 3rd February and there will be no orders manufactured or shipped during this time. The shop will be open to take orders as usual and they will be shipped soon after our return.

We’ve been a bit low on a few RC Laser spare parts recently and whilst we are ordering with our German supplier it seems that the delivery they were due to have a week or so ago has been delayed until “sometime in March”  This means that the C sails we were hoping to get imminently will, unfortunately, continue to be out of stock for a while longer. I imagine that we will also find that we run out of some other items as February runs on. We’ll do the best we can to keep you informed of when we expect the missing items.

We’ve had a busy start to the year with plenty of sails and goodies heading out all over the world to the USA, New Zealand and even Singapore. Check out some of the sails we have made this month below.

 

We are back!

Well, happy new year to you all. I’ve had an awesome Christmas and New Year break, BBQ Christmas dinner, some nice walks with the dog, a bit of sailing, some gardening, some work around the estate and lots and lots of really lovely family time with my girls.

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Christmas morning in the back garden.

I was back in the workshop yesterday to get stuck into the Christmas and NY orders, we have, as of today shipped out all the parts orders and a few suits of sails and we are now cracking into the remaining bundle of sail orders. This should see us into the middle of next week at the earliest.

Any RC Laser parts orders or stock DF item orders that come in over that period will be packed and shipped as they arrive. Our RC Laser stock has taken a battering over the last few weeks so we’ll be replenishing this over the next few weeks to bring us back up to full stock.

It’s not too long before the UK TT series gets underway but before that we have a trip to the toy fair in Nuremberg with John, Mike & Mark to contend with, no doubt there will be a drink or two to be had and maybe more “Ron” stories!!

My new DF65 build is going well, the electrics are now installed and I just need to find a minute to add the winch line and bridle then hopefully I’ll get it on the water on the 19th to make sure it does what it should do before the season kicks off proper.

Other than that all is well…apart from the weather, which appears to be broken again, no doubt I’ll be tasked with building an ark it’s rained so much.

Time Off

So we’ve sent out all our orders bar one which is scheduled for the new year so we are having a few days off to take a trip to Yorkshire to see family and friends.

Workshop will be closed from close of play today, 10th December and it will reopen on the 17th December. This should allow us to get any new UK orders sorted before Thursday, however all international orders will be held until 2nd January when we will begin shipping orders once again.

 

 

New Stuff

Ok, so it’s winter now and we’ve got a bit of time on our hands to be doing that bit of product updating that we’ve been going on about for nearly a year I guess. The reason it has taken a while is that we’ve spent the 2019 season making sure that the stuff we want to sell actually works and is the best it can be.

Anyhow, lots of prototypes later we’ve got four new products to add to our range of stuff. We’ve got three keel and rudder bags and a transmitter cover that we are pleased to present to you. To accommodate these new products we have created a new collection which you’ll find on the shop and it has all our accessory products included to make them easy to find.

New products?….oooh suits you sir!

There have been a few new products added to the clearance page including some old stock DF65 rig bags, there are five of them and when they are gone, they are gone. There are also a couple of prototype transmitter bags and keel bags too.

We’ve also started prepping for next season and we have almost built our new 2020 DF65 raceboat. It comes from the “Wonkaworks” which, like the Mercedes “Skunkworks” takes an ordinary product and makes it extraordinary. You’ll probably have seen the 2019 “Wonkaboat” DF95 and you’ll be unsurprised to find that the 65 follows a similar theme.

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Goodies waiting to go into the boat.

It is currently striped and ready for a fit out over the next few days.

There is an incoming RC Laser delivery winging it’s way to us which will restock most of our RC Laser product lines. There are however a few items that are out of stock with our supplier and as such these items may not be restocked anytime soon. We’ll know more when the delivery arrives and keep you posted.

In amongst all of the above we have seen another busy month with online sales doing well. It seems to have been a DF95 month with lots of sails being shipped all over the globe. A quick note on shipping addresses, please, please, please check and double check your shipping address during the order process. We simply cut and paste your shipping address onto our labels so if you get it wrong then we do too. It has happened a couple of times recently and by the time you have informed us it is usually too late to do anything about it as the parcel has been shipped.

Thanks again for continuing to choose Soch Sails to power your DF Racing yachts, I wonder if it might be time to add some other class sails to our inventory, suggestions on a postcard please to the following address.

Tim Boatyard, Abersoch, LL53 7AR. UK

Best postcard gets a prize, something cool, obviously. Closing date December 31st 2019.