• Paul, Bob is quite right and I will check next time I am down at the club. I certainly have the holt sliders on the main sheet but it may well be that the kicker has the stronger slider.

    The heavier constructed Selden does not rely on the welds holding the D-ring to the baseplate and we crank a lot of load with the various multipliers attaching…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Outboard motor & bracket in the forum Cruising 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Woah! Correction!

    Under 1.  Above I meant to say with the motor on the port side it is easier to start right handed.  Sorry, I was facing backwards in my mind…

  • Kez replied to the topic Towline in the forum Technical 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Here is that photograph…

  • Kez replied to the topic Outboard motor & bracket in the forum Cruising 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    My Mk 4 had the pad already on the starboard side when I bought it but I have a couple of reasons for preferring the port side.

    1.   I am right handed so with the engine on the starboard side locked quite tight (I prefer to steer with the rudder and seldom pivot the engine) it is easier to start using my right hand, keeping my weight on the…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Towline in the forum Technical 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hello Luke.  That looks ok, a floating line is a good idea when there is an outboard engine involved.  You will want about 15 metres or so in order to keep the towed boat at a safe distance, but still be able to shout to the crew of the tow.

    Looking at the use for this rope it is suitable for sheets so it is low stretch which can give you p…[Read more]

  • The sliding eye with screw is what I have on my Hartley built Mk 4 so, yes!

    The second one you link to with the sort of keyhole slot is suitable for pear-shaped or rounded shape booms and it allows you to disconnect the kicker really easily but it cannot be fitted to the more modern flat-sided boom.

    It came with a conventional shackle linking…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Boom End in the forum Technical 4 months ago

    Paul, I have belatedly realised I omitted an important detail, I hope one of your sailing mates has pointed it out to you.

    I was talking about a 2:1 arrangement, in fact it should be 4:1 with another block halfway along inside the boom. The line I described entering the front of the boom goes over a loose block inside the boom and returns to the…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Replacement Mast Mk1 Woodie in the forum Technical 4 months ago

    If your damaged mast is otherwise in good shape then I would consider a repair.  The structural element is a tube so quite amenable to being internally sleeved.

    When I bought my Mk2 the mast seemed to be in good order but later I discovered corrosion pits low down that went all the way through the metal.  I could not afford a new mast so I took i…[Read more]

  • Kez replied to the topic Tank testing kit… in the forum Technical 4 months, 2 weeks 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.

    Mike

  • Kez replied to the topic Boom End in the forum Technical 5 months 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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months, 3 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 7 months, 3 weeks 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 7 months, 3 weeks 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 7 months, 3 weeks 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 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    Traveller

    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 7 months, 3 weeks ago

    @traveller
    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, 4 months 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]

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