• BluTak replied to the topic inflatable tender in the forum Cruising 9 years, 8 months ago

    Yes it has seats and they are removeable. Get one! They are brilliant fun. Even though they are pvc they are very strong and we have even had our sheepdog in it. The box it comes in shows some pretty wild rivers. For a pump we got a plunger type which is pretty quick and also has the facility to suck so that you can completely empty the canoe of…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic halyards, wire or rope in the forum Technical 9 years, 8 months ago

    For the jib if you use wire with a long (say 3″) soft eye at the end and small taulrit copper band you will find this should pass over the sheaves in the mast ok. You then eye splice on a rope tail and this is used for pulling the eye over a highfield lever hook. You can resplice the rope tail every now and then as it gets worn. You must not use…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic inflatable tender in the forum Cruising 9 years, 8 months ago

    We have used a Sevlor Tahiti inflatable canoe – loads on ebay – 10Kg – £90. Its brilliant and tows really well and is really seaworthy carrying two people. Also has large valves for quick deflation. Is brilliant for getting to mooring and fun to paddle including in quite heavy surf. You can look at website – they’ve been around for ages and I…[Read more]

  • I’ve spent hours pumping the bilges of a yacht at anchor off Seil free of gas after some joker left it on. Supper was very late but we didn’t blow the yacht up! Its not very efficient but if you’re at anchor its one way to get rid of the gas. I don’t know about blowing up your airbed/tender but the bellows type pumps are very efficient. I have an…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Righting Lines in the forum Technical 9 years, 8 months ago

    Thank you for all your help. I confess that although I’ve done a fair bit of Wayfarer sailing I’ve never even come close to capsizing. I use a jib only, have good reefing and don’t use a spinnaker. But I’ve always thought its a possibility and often rescue is pretty remote. I have had a secumar fitted for some years but have never used it . The…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Righting Lines in the forum Technical 9 years, 8 months ago

    adrian, sailfree and colin – when totally inverted I presume you swim round the bow – not the stern?
    Robert

  • BluTak replied to the topic Righting Lines in the forum Technical 9 years, 8 months ago

    Thanks Colin – could you explain – does one go from shroud round the boat to other shroud and the other shroud round transom to shroud? I assume underneath rudder, engine, brackets etc. Could you possibly explain more fully
    Thanks Robert

  • BluTak replied to the topic Reefing Mainsail in the forum Technical 9 years, 8 months ago

    If you don’t have a leech line the boom will be flogging around when you are putting the reef in and it will be easy to fall overboard when you are messing around with the end of the boom. If you are going to reef underway in any wind without a leech line the safest thing to do will be to drop the main and boom into the boat. The problem then is…[Read more]

  • Hi Keith – I’m afraid my experience of sailing over bars ie pretty limited though years ago we attended the Firefly Nationals on the Deben and the bar was terrifying in a lot of wind and quite few capsized. I’ve scraped in over the one at Barrow on the run under full sail+ outboard in a Force 4 wind against tide. I can see that with racing surf up…[Read more]

  • The handle on my outboard actually drops into a notched piece of wood on the transom which keeps it dead ahead. For fast turning eg in marinas i can lift it out and steer rudder and outboard together squatting on the rear tank. If you clamp the outboard to the transom you probably won’t be able to use the rudder at the same time. I find it really…[Read more]

  • The obvious answer is slow down or buy a speed boat! But how are you steering. You need to clamp the motor ahead and steer using the rudder or use an outboard tiller extension so that you can sit well in the boat.
    But you need to get to the throttle which means going back. At slow speeds this isn’t a big deal but… I put a bracket on for a friend…[Read more]

  • We stayed one night at campsite Reedham but its not ideal for a base as its on the river not a broad. We only stayed one night at each place and had no problem finding somewhere for the temt (Vango). I like to stay near a pub as apart from the obvious advantage of Ale the crew can go to the loo and have a decent wash

  • I had a brilliant holiday with daughters (approx 8 & 9) some 15 years ago. Ok it was a Yachting World Dayboat (smaller than a Wayfarer) We camped every night near Pub! Left car and trailer at Brundall. Day 1 Brundall to Reedham. Day 2 Reedham to Stacey Arms. Day 3 Stacey Arms to Potter Heigham. Day 4 Potter Heigham to Ranworth. Day 5 Ranworth to…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Missing buoyancy? in the forum Technical 9 years, 10 months ago

    Put simply if the weight inside it in Kg exceeds the empty volume in litres (or thousands of a cubic metre) it will sink! The volume in litres less the weight inside it equals the buoyancy to float your boat.

  • BluTak replied to the topic Missing buoyancy? in the forum Technical 9 years, 10 months ago

    Swiebertje is quite correct. Displacement is related to mass and the volume is irrelevant. If you want to prove it float something in your bath and add first something heavy and small. Then try something the same weight but bulky. You will find it sinks (displaces) the same amount.
    So if you fill your container with a sleeping bag it will make…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Missing buoyancy? in the forum Technical 9 years, 10 months ago

    If you use inflatable buoyancy bags beware that they can and will puncture on fibre/shards of fibreglass. I put a holt bag in my front tank and it was promptly punctured. I subsequently used solid foam. I would use bags on a wooden boat but not on the rough tanks of a fibregass boat unless I was certain there were no sharp bits left by the builders
    Robert

  • BluTak replied to the topic Outboard in the forum Cruising 10 years ago

    Hi Roger – glad you got it
    Suggest you look up thread in technical section titled “outboard bracket”
    Dated Feb 12th started by Overdraught. In this I give size of shoe etc
    Robert

  • BluTak replied to the topic Outboard in the forum Cruising 10 years ago

    Hi Roger – I will measure distance tonight and email you. If you send address I will post my sketch to you.
    Robert

  • BluTak replied to the topic Outboard in the forum Cruising 10 years ago

    Correct – no filter required. If you just mount it on the transom with no bracket it will be a bit high – You really need a Bracket but you can try it.
    There are more ways of fixing a bracket than skinning a cat on the forum including one from me. Even if you don’t use my method you can still save quite a lot by fabricating your own leg (see…[Read more]

  • BluTak replied to the topic Outboard in the forum Cruising 10 years ago

    Roger – The website Colin has given you is excellent and I see now has an engine identifier button on it so you no doubt now know everything! John – the owner – is very helpful and his prices are reasonable – I can recommend him.
    I’m afraid seagulls tend to leak some oil/petrol out of the carb bowl, exhaust and propellor – this is normal for…[Read more]

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