• Hi

    I’ve probably spotted this too late but here goes

    I have a standard 2.5hp 4 stroke engine which goes (virtually) directly onto the transom.  I constructed a 8mm plywood sleeve that slots precicely over the transom and the engine clamps onto that so that when you remove the sleave the transom remains undamaged.  All you have to do to a…[Read more]

  • Hi Jeremy

    welcome to the class!

    I’m based in the Wells area of Somerset.  You’ve got some great coast to explore there.  Be sure to come to the cruising conference – the best way to get the info and guidance we need when setting out on this adventure

    all best wishes

    Andrew Morrice – Cruising Secreatary (‘Delphy’ W6330)

  • Andrew Morrice replied to the topic Tent Leaking in the forum Technical 1 year, 1 month ago

    It may be a rather silly point to raise, but if the sail is at all wet when you roll it up, it is amazing how much water drips out over time.  It is a very very very large bit of cloth and that water only needs to pool in one or two places to drip all night long … baby!


    “boris” – delphy W6330.

  • really helpful answer Dave – good thoughts on how to drill out rivets.  I have a good selection of bits and rivets to use.


  • This weekend is going to be my early spring check-over day.  I already know of one problem and have been wondering if I need to worry about it.  I have the standard selden spreaders with the purple bottle-screw adjusters.


    These grey fittings that hold the butt of the bottles are slightly rattly and loose, and I am uncertain how concerned t…[Read more]

  • in addition to what you want the boat to be capable of (pottering on sunny days with safety cover vs open sea crossing vs racing competitively) It really depends what Mark of Wayfarer you are looking at.  I know nothing about the GRP (Mk2) boat.

    With woodies (Mk1) everyone looks at the deck.  That is the easiest thing to see and to put right, s…[Read more]

  • I’d go for some padding on the boom (grey dense foam or carpet) covering the last 4 – 5 inches, or a topping lift.

    The topping lift helps cruisers to reef without the boom dropping into the boat, which is why I have one, but it does also make setting up less of a bangy business.


    Boris W6330 Delphy




  • @nicko can you drop me a line on cruising@wayfarer.org.uk? cheers Boris.

  • Nicko.  You seem a knowledgeable dude on this stuff.  Can I inveigle you into talking to a small group your fellow sailors at the cruising conference?!  Please do drop me a line on cruising@wayfarer.org.uk. I am putting together the programme now and was thinking about covering electrics.

    all very best

    Boris W6330  Delphy

  • Andrew Morrice replied to the topic Proud new owner in the forum General 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Judas

    only just caught wind of this amazing find of yours.  the stamped on number is the “sail number”.  You have an original wayfarer there, I suppose one of the main questions you need to decide is whether you want to keep all the original fittings or re-do the boat in the modern style.  Also what “depth” of restoration is needed or de…[Read more]

  • Sylvain, I suspect that if you search back through the forum for “oars” and “rowlocks” you will find numerous very helpful discussions on these points.  The basic answers are 1) “very long” – last time I calculated the ideal oar length it came out somewhere between 10 and 12 feet which is unfeasible.  Most people compromise at 8ft.  2) there ar…[Read more]

  • Just a thought about this.  Alison your mast and boom look like quite old versions.  The rig tuning guides like Dave’s and that in the W-book, are written for the modern Selden mast (or very similar) with the fully adjustable spreaders shown in Dave’s pictures.  Without these you may only be able to aproximate your mast set-up to the “s…[Read more]

  • The Webmaster is dead right about the tent issue

    there is a solution however which I have put in place to get round that particular issue!  my boom is supported by an A-frame that sits right  at the outer quarters, supported by strops that feed through the rear-deck drainage holes specially provided on the Mk1 for this very purpose.  That and dr…[Read more]

  • Hi Simon


    Engine needs to be positioned so that the “plate” above the prop is going to be a few cm below the water surface.  (which should be level with the transom end of the keel if the boat is being sailed correctly!)

    Most people have brackets putting the engine well aft of the main sheet bridle.  I found it easier to have the engine o…[Read more]

  • You have a traveller I think, Trev, which rules out the very very simple solution of putting a rowlock in the upper rudder pintle.  You’d want to be very very sure of that fitting though!


  • Great Post Jonathan, thanks for sharing your experience.  The key point you give yourself insufficient credit for is that you checked and embarked on all this weeks before you needed the trailer.

    I had to hurriedly replace my hubs last year, because I hadn’t checked weeks before, and ended up rushing.  The first thing that happened was a grease n…[Read more]

  • Super video Jonathan and so pleased the “cunning plan” worked out so well!!

    Ashley; it is a well known fact that the  Wayfarer will reach deep into all sorts of interesting costal and riverine features without reaching too far into your wallet.  You just need suitable clothing!


    Boris  W6330 “Delphy”

  • Hi Roy

    Logs are indeed a great resource, partiuclarly if they are “warts and all”.  you are right about sail balance, it is essentially to switch to a small jib or have a balanced roller reefed genoa or you are effectively using a rudderless technique to go downwind whilst trying to upwind!  Not at all helpful in a gust.  Or at all!

    Boris W6330 “Delphy”

  • Go for it Gisle!


  • Trev,

    have you considered a DSC GPS enabled VHF radio?  This isn’t a chart plotter, but you can program in the waypoints for the day when not sailling, and it gives you SOG, COG, bearing and distance from any selected waypoint.  Dead useful.  We usually use this to check progress and make course corrections when underway rather than navionics, wh…[Read more]

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