• Hi  Sylvain,


    In the recent Internationals in Greystones, one of my fellow sailors was using a Hartley supplied mast-head flotation device consisting of 4 modules of approx 150-200mm in diameter and approx 300mm in length each, slotting into each other and attached to the outside of the mast by nylon bolts threaded through captive nuts in the…[Read more]

  • Hi, Gary,

    Can’t help with the lifting handles, but dimensions for a boom crutch are available on “The Wayfarer Institute of Technology” website. The right-hand column about 1/3 of the way down down.

    Regards, davdor

  • davdor7038 replied to the topic Boom height… in the forum Technical 1 year, 6 months ago

    Hello Sylvain, I suspect from your question that you have an adjustable gooseneck (device which fits in the mast slot and has a fitting to go into the boom).

    There is another website available which is full of useful Wayfarer information called “The Wayfarer Institute of Technology”

    In here, the “Class Rules” which govern the measurements of the…[Read more]

  • Sean, I fitted a flyaway jib pole a few years ago and enquired at the time as to whether it would be racing-legal or not. While I never really got a definitive answer, the Class Rules don’t appear to govern “running rigging” which a flyaway jib pole will use.
    Some racers use automatic spinnaker poles which also involve running rigging and…[Read more]

  • davdor7038 replied to the topic Polar Data? in the forum Technical 1 year, 8 months ago

    Sylvain, I don’t think that such data exists for the Wayfarer, unless Hartley Boats who manufacture the MKIV have done one.

    If what you are looking for is the approximate speed you could passage plan for, ie, what speed you might average in a loaded cruising boat going upwind, downwind, etc, to use for planning a trip, you might be better to…[Read more]

  • To seal mine a few years ago, I used an exterior sealant when I was reinstalling the bolt.  I smeared plenty on the area of the hole and on the rubber washers (backed by stainless washers) bearing against the side of the centre-board case, then I tightened up the nut until the sealant was starting to ooze out from the sides of the washers.  Then I…[Read more]

  • Hi, Boris,

    As the rivets aren’t gripping the brackets as tightly as they should, it would be best repair them now, before any more damage is caused.  It’s most likely that it’s just the rivet heads which are no longer gripping the bracket as tightly as they should, rather than the bracket holes or mast holes having enlarged.

    Drill off the rivet…[Read more]

  • Hi,

    I just had to change my password as I couldn’t remember what it was.  All went smoothly but I noted that the only option in the email was to click on the provided link.

    I’ve been hearing a lot lately about not clicking on links in your emails due to possible weaknesses in “link”security protocols and the advice seems to be to instead to…[Read more]

  • Hi,

    I’m currently doing up an old MKII hull for a project. While I am getting close to a launch, I need to sort out a couple of things first.

    After a big struggle getting the forward buoyancy tank hatch open, I discovered that the buoyancy foam in there has broken loose and is free to move about. Any suggestions as to how I might best fix…[Read more]

  • davdor7038 replied to the topic Toe Strap spacing in the forum General 2 years, 12 months ago

    Don’t some boats have adjustable toe-straps from inboard to outboard to allow for different sizes of helm and crew?

    Does anyone know how that is managed.  It might be a good idea to build the facility in while you have the opportunity.  Adjustable ones could then be pushed out of the way for sleeping, if that’s what you need.

  • davdor7038 replied to the topic Carbon poles in the forum Technical 3 years ago

    There seems to be a fair amount of people who would like to see carbon poles in the class.

    But for that to happen, someone has to put in a request for a rule change at least 45 days (I stand to be corrected on this) prior to the AGM next Spring, where it can be voted on.

    So if anyone really want the rules changed to allow carbon poles and there…[Read more]

  • davdor7038 replied to the topic wayfaring canals in the forum Cruising 3 years, 6 months ago

    Hello Richard.

    Most people nowadays use a 2.5hp 4 stroke engine. My own Suzuki version uses approx 1 litre/hour which gives about 3.5mph at idle and is very quiet. The boat will do approx 6mph absolutely flat out but drinks fuel at that speed.  Also much much noisier.

    I suppose you could  put a larger engine (4hp?) on the transom for less revs f…[Read more]

  • Hi, Pete.

    I moved my cleats down from the sidedecks to the front benches  (also MKII, 7038  Moores of Wroxham), but under the side-decks where the cleats were screwed into, was a fine piece of timber bonded into the sidedeck.  Even if the screwholes are shot, you could fill them with epoxy and filler and redrill the holes.

    But you are also go…[Read more]

  • davdor7038 replied to the topic Mast foot help in the forum Technical 3 years, 8 months ago

    Hi, Tim.

    I’d suggest that your mast foot track is missing, especially as there are broken stubs of screws in the area.  It sounds like some previous owner either decided to save money by not replacing it or just couldn’t see any reason for it with a (now bent) mast pivot pin in place to restrict the mast movement.

    Mine’s a MKII, but the…[Read more]

  • I’m not sure that you actually do need to bring the motor to a dealer if you capsize, unless, of course,  you aren’t that handy with engines.

    The problem in the event of a full immersion is that water might get into the oil-ways through the engine breather and contaminate the oil, destroying its lubrication properties.  Also that water might g…[Read more]

  • Hi. Tim.

    When I made up my testing rig a while ago, I put a shutoff valve just downstream of where I blow into the pipe to pressurise the system.  IIRC, the test was meant to be held for a minute, which is a long time to keep the pipe in your mouth, especially with the back pressure.

    The shutoff valve is a standard water plumbing shutoff valve,…[Read more]

  • davdor7038 replied to the topic Carbon poles in the forum Technical 3 years, 12 months ago

    I’d like to hear the rationale for the change from the people who are proposing the change in order to get the discussion started, but here a couple of thoughts on the subject.

    I had a look at a few spinnaker poles in other classes which are offered in both aluminium and carbon.  The difference seems to be carbon is up to 1.5 times more…[Read more]

  • The mast is not that heavy, but with its length it exerts a fair bit of leverage.  It is possible to lower it by hand after releasing the forestay.

    But with the leverage caused by the length, it is better to have a line tied to the eye of the forestay, which, if you have a helper ,can also be used to help control the lowering of the mast while…[Read more]

  • Apologies Swiebertje, for the tardy reply.  In the end, I used 4.8mm Monel rivets, as the hole diameter was not enlarged. So why enlarge a rivet hole unnecessarily?  Time enough to do that when/if it becomes too oversize for a standard size rivet.

    Interesting info regards the shear and tensile strength of the various rivet materials and s…[Read more]

  • I notice from the WIT site yesterday, that the MKIV cruisers are being given a dispensation to race without having a measurement certificate.

    Are all new boats not sold with a measurement certificate?  I presume that the external hull shape is the same as the MKIV foam sandwich boats?

    I seem to remember reading somewhere that Richard Hartley…[Read more]

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