• BluTak replied to the topic Boat Tent Modification in the forum Cruising 3 weeks, 5 days ago

    Update on boat tent modifications. I went ahead and a friend put a full length zip into each side with Velcro covered flaps. My daughter and I spent 6 days in it cruising from Largs to Oban and the doors are absolutely brilliant. If a zip did fail you could use the Velcro on its own. Its incredibly easy to use the zips and getting in and out of th…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Boat Tent Modification in the forum Cruising 6 months, 1 week ago


    Dave – these people supply zips to order any length/colour/material/type you want. They are made by YKK which is a name suggested by a cover manufacturer.  Zips seem to be a whole new technology to learn so I’m not sure which particular one I’d choose!  I reckon I may go for Velcro bow and stern and zips at the si…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Boat Tent Modification in the forum Cruising 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Dave – thank you again. I’ve spoken to a couple of boat cover manufacturers and they say they’d go for zips every time as they are more weatherproof. One guy has fitted loads to narrowboats and motorboats and reckons any leakage will run down the inside of the zip rather than drip though he like you recommends a cover strip. If I ever get round to…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Boat Tent Modification in the forum Cruising 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Dave firstly thank you very much indeed for spending so much time answering my questions.

    I will certainly go for a bridle and have fitted D section rubber fenders (not easy to fit or cheap) so the stainless eyes can be well hidden. The fenders are great in a harbour or marina. Your idea to take one piece of canvas over the boom and have the…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Boat Tent Modification in the forum Cruising 6 months, 2 weeks ago

    I’ve managed to download a couple of photos

    Dave thank you for your reply. My worry is that the zips will leak in the rain or is this unfounded? The green hire tent looks like it is fastened with Velcro but I’m assuming zips would be better. In practice do you tend to use just one zip rather than opening it up fully using the two? My last…[Read more]

  • My old canvas boom tent only has an entrance at the stern that can be difficult to access especially when tied to a pontoon. It would be quite easy to fall in!

    I’m sorry I can’t seem to post pictures of my boat and tent but it is similar to the tent below which is available for hire by the association. I’m thinking of adding “side doors” the sa…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Swiebertje in the forum Technical 7 months, 1 week ago

    I’d like to second that. I never met Ton but the forum will, without a doubt, be a poorer place without him. I’m sure if we shared a bottle or two of Grolsch he would have given me the rubbers off the caps to cure my leaking centreboard case!

    Swiebertje you will be missed

  • Make sure the hatch is on tight and hold a vacuum cleaner that blows or lilo inflator about 2″ from the bung hole. Careful not to hold it too close or you’ll blow the tank up you just want to slightly pressurise it. Make up a solution of 10% washing up liquid with water and paint on all the seams going round thoroughly. Swiebertje blows but I like…[Read more]

  • Hi Swiebertje / Colin – My welder friend has a commercial welding shop and is Asme certified etc so no problems there. He’s welded cast iron, bronze castings etc for me in the past as well. Has anyone welded around the sleeve before (ie a fillet weld all round) and should this help?
    Don’t worry about racing – I’ve sailed for 45 years now and never…[Read more]

  • Hi Swiebertje your advice makes good sense. I only cruise and reef rather than flattening the main over much. After what you’ve suggested I propose to get the sleeve welded around the edge to the mast. What do you think? I know a very good welder who will do it for me (my welding would no doubt melt the mast!). I’m afraid I am a very impecunious…[Read more]

  • Swiebertje – thats what I thought prebend could cause problems at deck level – my boat had been previously raced and had a vicious kicker on it. My friend who is a rigger and maintains many Wayfarer training boats (he was also Flying Fifteen World Champion for a years as crew – probably still is!) said that this was quite usual on Wayfarers and…[Read more]

  • Agreed rivets are a lot better but for pilot hole google – pilot hole self tapper -Robert

  • I have that blue sleeve on the front of my mast and it was put on by a rigger friend as he noticed a small crack in the mast. I wonder if yours is there for the same reason. It works fine but then I don’t put loads of prebend in the mast. Don’t bust your mast they’re expensive! Robert
    The white hole protector looks like a pipe outlet flange. I…[Read more]

  • See mast chock string by Algol for possible explanations! Robert

  • Algol – It sounds like you may have the mast rake wrong which woud go a long way to explaining why you are also having such trouble when reefed. If the mast is hanging over the front of the boat you will have lee helm. When I got my boat it was completely wrong even though it had been raced. I set it up according to the tuning guide and its fine…[Read more]

  • I’m going to add my ten pennyworth! I think you should go for a jib when reefed – not genoa. The crew will find it a LOT easier and the boat will be much better balanced. Or you could perhaps buy a reefing arrangement for the genoa. When you reef the baggiest part of the sail is in the reef. When you cut them you make them flatter as you move…[Read more]

  • Well you live and learn! The boat I used to stretch the luff on was a Firefly many years ago. My Wayfarer sails are new (I made them myself from Contender cruising cloth under the close supervision of a friend) and they set beautifully. Although I don’t race the Wayfarer I shall from now be very careful not to stretch them but surely if you put…[Read more]

  • I know this is a dumb question but how does a cunningham control the leech? I thought it only controlled the luff. Maybe you’re mixing your luffs and leeches. With my sails I obviously fitted a bolt rope I didn’t bother with a leech line.
    I aggree that the sliding gooseneck tends to drift up the mast. When I use a fixed gooseneck I haul the sail…[Read more]

  • Just a thought – if you buy a stainless bolt (one that is not threaded to the end) you can cut the head and thread off to give you a short length of bar. You can easily buy bolts in M6, 8, 10, 12, 16 etc. Robert

  • Swiebertje is giving you good advice. If you can’t do it yourself take it to a welding/fabrication/metal bashing/engineering/small garage/local factory. Its a dead simple job and they’ll know what to do. Robert

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