• As I said mine leaked through keelband  screwholes. We were camping in at the original  golfe du semaine festival and the leak appeared through the wooden cleat screws which the toestraps are strapped to. Our sleeping bags were getting wet. I fixed it as a temporary repair using “underwater epoxy stick” and then sorted it permanently (I hope!…[Read more]

  • Sounds good! I assume this wood is inside the hull in the corner against the case? Mine doesn’t have any wood there ( I don’t think!) so I wonder if the wood has been added because of a leak or if yours is of a different construction. I have reinforced mine with some strips of glass and epoxy. Good luck turning it over, it’s heavy, and remem…[Read more]

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    Ian I think I may know what’s wrong!

    I had the same problem with my boat.  The whole top of the case flexed if you put your foot against it and the two halves of the open slot could be squeezed together. All this flexing can obviously lead to cracking and leaks at the keel. With the boat upside down I made a laminated beam from 4mm plywood as…[Read more]

  • Apologies – acetone is nail varnish remover, not nail varnish. It used to be easily bought in 1 litre bottles but these days I buy small quantities from cut price chemists.

  • For the next instalment it’s easy ways to make a new mast out of Fosters Beer cans. I miss Swiebertje off this forum. He would have made his from Grolsch bottles and written pages all well thought out as to why they were the best. I got many a good tip off him.

    Good luck

  • BluTak replied to the topic Depth-sounder in the forum Cruising 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    My comment about people taking the mick when you have a depth sounder in a dinghy was also serious (and is one reason I have made it removable). But crew are impressed when tacking up a narrow channel and there isn’t much time to tack before the centreboard hits the rocks if it’s windy. You used to be able to buy a hand held sounder but it loo…[Read more]

  • My old fibreglass hull leaked through the screws holding the metal strips to the keel. It’s not easy finding the source of the leaks due to the construction of the keel. You can remove the screws and epoxy the holes before putting them back but you’ll have a job getting the screws out again if you need to. A better approach could be to epoxy the…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Depth-sounder in the forum Cruising 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    I was at my Wayfarer yesterday strengthening the mast step. Here are some pictures of my set up

    Shows Depth Sounder and Transducer. Sounder can be taken off the bulkhead if you don’t need it or get fed up with Piss Takes from people with bamboo sticks!! It is held on with wing nuts and plugs into the transducer. You need 4 holes for bolts + 1…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Depth-sounder in the forum Cruising 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    I too fitted a NASA unit like Peter. The tube is up against the bulkhead about 4” from the keel. The tube is pultruded glasss epoxied in. The transducer is epoxied onto the tube and I think I filled the gap between it and the hull with epoxy too. The cable and power supply (9 aa batteries in a battery holder From eBay) are all tied neatly under t…[Read more]

  • I should have said that my Mark 1 is fibreglass but i’m sure that the same will work with a wooden one. My advice is ring for a sample you should get it next day

  • I used PEN22 neoprene and A262 waterproof glue from Seals Direct who though expensive are very helpful and will send samples which are useful. I used it very successfully on front and rear hatch on my elderly  Mark 1

    Only word of warning is that you need to plan application like a military operation. Once the glue touches IT IS STUCK. Not…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Spreader end caps in the forum Technical 7 months ago

    “Self Amalgamating Tape” but you need to cut it off with a sharp knife if you need to remove it. You wind it on like gaffer tape stretching it as you go and it sets like rubber. Excellent!

  • BluTak replied to the topic Tent Leaking in the forum Technical 10 months ago

    Hi Boris and Dave it’s not a silly point at all. The last time it leaked it was put up dry. I think it’s probably been running down the mast and then into the rolled up sail where the luff is in contact with the mast. I am hoping that a microfibre cloth may help as will rolling the sail underneath the boom. If I get time I think I’ll have a trial…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Tent Leaking in the forum Technical 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Hi Dave as ever you give good advice. I confess I never thought of rolling the sail under the boom though I had thought of slinging the tent underneath! The micofibre cloth sounds like a good idea and yes my boom does stick out though probably not enough to catch all the water I’m getting in the sail. I think most of the water is coming down the…[Read more]

  • BluTak started the topic Tent Leaking in the forum Technical 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    My tent is a heavy duck canvas boom tent. I used to remove the mainsail before putting the tent up as it was old and soft but now I have a new mainsail it is a lot easier to roll it round the boom for the night.

    The problem is that during heavy rain water puddles inside the sail. I’m not sure how the water is getting in

    AA  Down the mast and a…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Boat Tent Modification in the forum Cruising 1 year, 3 months 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 1 year, 8 months ago

    https://www.antrimm.co.uk/zips

    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 1 year, 8 months 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 1 year, 8 months 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]

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