• @BluTak wrote:

    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…

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  • @BluTak wrote:

    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…

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  • @BluTak wrote:

    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…

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  • @BluTak wrote:

    my only reservations are those big cleats waiting to snag the mainsheet

    The main never gets near the cleats, that is why it is such a perfect location IMHO. The main is usually at the floor just aft of the CB case and also crosses over the aft buoyancy tank, well aft of the cleats. I can’t think of any maneuver that would bring the…[Read more]