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    Andrew Graham
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    Hello

    I have bought a lovely mk2 Wayfarer with little use and I hope to get some good use from it and have lots of ideas to enjoy it. I could do with some help on a few things if you could help me out:

    1. It was supplied as a boat to a training school that went bust and it went into storage for many years. It was supplied by Proctor but does not have a sail number. What do I need to do to get this registered or do I just choose the number from the sail supplied?

    2. I have a furling unit on the jib which annoyingly entangles on the forestay. What do I need to do to stop this as I want to get my wife into sailing and the furling jib is an important part of this.

    3. The rudder is in great shape with an RWO stock and a wooden blade. The downhaul (?) is very difficult and I wondered how best to fix this possibly with a simple ratio pull?

    4. Trailering is important in my plans. Has anyone got designs for a good trailerboard suited to mast and boom maybe? I have the usual metal laser arrangement which is too low for the mast support and ideally I would like something to hold the boom too. Also what do people do across the beam to support a ratchet strap?

    I am sure there will be more things I need to know and I do hope you can guide me in the above. Looking forward to receiving the benefit of the wisdom from other experienced members.

    Many thanks

    Andy

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    Bob Harland
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    Hi Andy,
    Answering some of your points;

    1) Registration – I guess you have checked that there is no boat number plate on the centreboard case – usually just aft of the thwart, and no sign of there having been one. It is possible that your boat was supplied without the copyright holders license fee being paid – and hence no plate. Hartley boats hold the copyright now – you could try contacting them to see if they will help.
    If this is the case, you cannot get a Wayfarer sail number – unless Hartley’s will give you one.

    2) Furling Jib: Discs are available to fit on the upper swivel to space the forestay away from the jib, or perhaps diy.

    3) Rudder downhaul: always had mixed success with ours – sometimes an arm in the water is required.

    4) Trailing – ratchet strap: if you are using a ratchet strap go easy on the tension, just take the slack out – otherwise the hull will be squashed. We just had the strap with no extra support with our plastic boat, but we are on wood now and use a strongback – a chunky piece of timber slightly wider that the boat which stops the boat being squashed.
    Store the boom inside the boat.

    We strap the mast to the boat transom- not the tailboard.

    hope that helps

    bob

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