• Kez replied to the topic Tank testing kit… in the forum Technical 6 days, 21 hours ago

    I have one Ian.  I used to have a Mk2 but now I have a Mk4 I no longer need it.

    email me on mike.summers@talktalk.net and I will post it to you.


  • Kez replied to the topic Boom End in the forum Technical 3 weeks ago

    Not for sailing. If you have a topping lift it should be slackened off when the sail is up, it will really mess your efforts to get the shape right if it is tight.

    It might be useful to have one if you plan to drop an anchor to sit on board to enjoy the sunshine but you could use the main halyard for that.

    I wouldn’t bother but you may find t…[Read more]

  • Hello Patty,

    The sealant needs to be applied on the high pressure side, ie on the inside of the tank if it is not going to be blown out by the test pressure.  Applying any sealant upside down with your head through the hatch is going to be difficult.

    Could you get some help to invert the boat and lift it onto trestles ( Workmates or similar) so…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Aft buoyancy tank leaks in the forum Technical 3 weeks ago

    I bought some expanded polystyrene insulation board from Wickes and cut it into manageable pieces that I calculated to be 20 litres each. I stuck them together to make two blocks ( I think I used CT100 also from Wickes) then put them inside two blue plastic rubble sacks liberally Duck Taped to make them neat packages.

    Two blocks were easier to…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Boom End in the forum Technical 3 weeks ago

    Hello Paul, my Mk2 W came with that style of boom as well as another which the previous owner had picked up at a boat jumble but never fitted.  I elected to use the boat jumble one but I still have the old one, same type as you (I must get rid of it sometime, anyone want a free boom (in Sussex).

    It rather looks as though the previous owner…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Slipway winch advice in the forum Technical 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Yes we have a petrol powered winch at my club, it is far from an electricity supply so has to be powered by an engine.  If I could get a cable to it that would be preferred as there is a lot less to go wrong with an electric motor.

    Ours has a very reliable Honda engine for which spare parts are readily available, it is the same engine that also…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic New to Wayfarers in the forum Introductions 3 months, 1 week ago

    Graham, I am a member at Weir Wood Sailing Club at Forest Row, just into East Sussex.  I estimate you are about 40 minutes drive away in Epsom.

    You would be very welcome to come to come to our club where we would be queuing up to help you.

    Have a look at http://www.wwsc.org.uk.

    Mike Summers

  • Kez replied to the topic Depth-sounder in the forum Cruising 3 months, 1 week ago

    Please don’t use bathroom silicone chaps, it will only last a short while and I wonder what the light oil will do to it.  The only number you need to know is 291 with “Sikaflex” in front.

    An alternative solution might be to make a short tube of epoxy and woven glass tape by wrapped and laminating it around a piece of plumbing/drainage pipe that y…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Traveller on Mk1 in the forum Technical 3 months, 1 week ago

    I agree with Bob, the bridle solution works well on my W.  If you are super racy there are ways to make the bridle adjustable but it has never been an issue in my experience (but then again, I don’t race).

    As an alternative suggestion, if you take your track off completely, you could use the improved access to in fill all the screw holes and fa…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Spreader end caps in the forum Technical 3 months, 2 weeks ago


    Just tried to PM you.

    I have some spreader ends you would be welcome to have.  Where are you?

    Kez aka True Colours

  • Kez posted an update 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    I have some old spreader end caps you can have. Whereabouts are you?

  • Kez replied to the topic Stiff centre-board in the forum Technical 1 year ago

    You have probably picked up a small stone.  There is someone who sells a thin stainless steel blade with a hook cut in it for this very problem. If that doesn’t work then you will probably need to get the board out.

    Have a look here http://www.wayfarer-international.org/WIT/maint.repair.ref/CB.rudder/building_a_better_brake.html

    You will see the…[Read more]

  • Hello Alison.


    If he was still with us I bet Swiebertje would have replied by now!

    Search on “centreboard bolt” and I am sure you will find a post all about Grolsch beer and in particular the rubber washer you will find under the cap, you might need to buy two bottles. These washers are just the right size to seal the bolt holes.

    If you are…[Read more]

  • Sylvain, you ask about placing the backing plate, cutting an opening and re-glassing.  No, that should not be necessary.

    Do you have a hatch on your rear deck? On my Mk 2 I was able to fit the backing plate inside the rear buoyancy tank by reaching through the hatch opening.  The transom is thin, flat glassfibre and cannot support the load of t…[Read more]

  • Salut Sylvain.

    Many of us use this kind of bracket https://seamarknunn.com/acatalog/removable-alloy-outboard-bracket-3622.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMImtjV_crQ2AIVSrXtCh04igL-EAQYESABEgJEkPD_BwE

    The plate is fixed to the transom by through-bolting (use a backing plate inside the buoyancy tank) and you fit the rest of the bracket only on days when you…[Read more]

  • Kez started the topic Swiebertje in the forum Technical 1 year, 6 months ago

    I don’t know where the right place to post this would be, but as his wry responses and plain good practical advice most often appeared in the Technical section, I reckon this is as good as any.

    I was saddened to hear that Ton Jaspers (Swiebertje) whose posts have always included practical good advice and occasionally (usually warranted) s…[Read more]

  • Hello, I have just acquired a lovely Mk IV.On my old Mk 2 I screwed a varnished mahogany strip across the top of the transom where the main sheet track was before I converted to centre main and a bridle, to protect the GRP from being eaten by the boom when raising/ lowering the main.I could use another piece of wood but the Mk IV does not have…[Read more]

  • Kez started the topic Capsize and recovery in the forum General 1 year, 9 months ago

    This is a note to all those who have never capsized and recovered their Wayfarer, especially in windy conditions. The message is – do practice in calm conditions and work out how to solve the problems I encountered.  It also includes a question about what next but the following may prompt a few questions of your own.

    A couple of weekends ago we…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Outboard Position in the forum Technical 1 year, 10 months ago

    Hi Simon. After struggling to steer with the outboard for a while I now have the engine fixed on the port side, locked in a central position and steer with the rudder.  My outboard bracket is from Boats and Blitz, and has an extension arm that puts it well aft of the rudder so the engine doesn’t eat it even when steering to port.

    I prefer to sit…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Spinnaker running rigging in the forum Technical 2 years, 6 months ago

    Ok so let’s challenge conventional thinking, why have the shock-cord on the down-haul rather than the uphaul? That means when tension comes off the uphaul (slack sheet) the pole bonks down on the foredeck, also when the sail pulls, the pole will tend to rise as it strains against the shock-cord. Surely we need to have more control of the height of…[Read more]

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