• I accidentally epoxied some screws into our boat and concluded that the only realistic way to remove them was going to be to cut them off flush and then use a plug cutter to take the remaining part of the screw and a little surrounding timber with it. Obviously I used the smallest feasible plug cutter and afterwards tidied up the hole and then…[Read more]

  • Dave Barker replied to the topic Hello from North Wales in the forum Introductions 6 months ago

    Hi Duncan,

    Wow! – you may describe yourself as clueless but you obviously have an eye for a bargain. Good luck with your boats and the sailing course too. I look forward to many more forum posts and updates on your progress.

    Welcome to UKWA and the forum.

  • The thing is, you may want to use the throttle arm for its primary purpose, and out of the way isn’t necessarily helpful in that case.

    Also, you can fold it back out of the way when you’re not using it (at least you can on Yamaha and Suzuki 2.5 motors).

    Don’t believe everything you read – even in the Wayfarer Book. Weigh up the pros and cons and…[Read more]

  • Ours is mounted to starboard, simply because it was that way when we bought the boat! You could justify either option, but the chances are that some controls will be more accessible one way and some the other, but there is no obvious “correct” option which deals with all eventualities.

    In our case the least accessible control is the fuel shut-off…[Read more]

  • The value of a photo! It’s obviously a pin intended to hold the centreboard in the fully raised position (when deployed), but which is currently out of position and has jammed down one side of the case. (There seems to be a hole about 10cm further forward – arrowed in photo – which presumably extends through the case and the centreboard).

    I think…[Read more]

  • A number of years ago we launched from a campsite called Redcliffe Farm just outside Wareham, which is on the west side of Poole Harbour. From there the cruise creates itself, with opportunities to visit Brownsea Island, Studland, Swanage, Kimmeridge Bay, Lulworth Cove and Weymouth. There are some pretty serious headlands to negotiate too, with…[Read more]

  • Dave Barker replied to the topic Depth-sounder in the forum Cruising 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    I will just point out that my previous (serious) comment was prompted by James’ reference to a lead line or an oar.

  • Dave Barker replied to the topic Depth-sounder in the forum Cruising 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    I carry a bamboo cane about 1.5 metres in length. If you use this method when the boat’s moving just remember to hold tight or it can quickly turn into a withy…

  • Hi James,

    You’re right, there are no recent entries, and perhaps that is partly because it’s not obvious how a write-up should be submitted for inclusion. Actually all that’s required is to send your text, photos, video or any other media to the Cruise Librarian, currently me. Contact details in the usual place.

    I’ll get the web team to change…[Read more]

  • Dave Barker replied to the topic No mast step? in the forum Technical 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    Update – I can now answer my own question about the mast measurement. From the bottom edge of the alloy extrusion to the centre of the pivot hole is 160 mm, as near as makes no difference.

    (The mast heel plug adds a further 78 or perhaps 79 mm).

  • I’ve had good results with the ‘Plain Expanded Neoprene’ (non adhesive-backed) strip from sealsdirect.co.uk plus some 2-part contact cement. The seal strip material could be described as a fairly stiff dense foam.

    Regarding location, our previous boat (Mk2) had the kind of rear hatch cover with narrow downward-facing edges – like a biscuit tin…[Read more]

  • I think you’ve basically answered your own question – realistically you would be pushed to get an air-tight seal around the tube, but a tapered bung will potentially fit really well, especially with a smear of grease or vaseline.

  • Dave Barker replied to the topic No mast step? in the forum Technical 11 months, 2 weeks ago

    Before getting stuck into the detail of this it might be a good idea to check that your mast is in fact a Wayfarer mast. With no mast-heel plug and no mast step (nor a packer under it) there would be room for a different mast – one with a longer distance between its base and the hole where the pivot pin goes through the mast and both sides of the…[Read more]

  • Dave Barker replied to the topic Tent Leaking in the forum Technical 1 year, 2 months ago

    True. We nearly always sleep in bivvy bags – there are just so many ways of getting yourself and your sleeping bag wet…

  • Dave Barker replied to the topic Tent Leaking in the forum Technical 1 year, 2 months ago

    I don’t roll the mainsail around the boom but instead roll it from the top down onto itself and hang it just beneath the boom, still attached. This takes up a little more room in the boat I suppose, but the tent is made to fit over the bare boom (in our case), not the somewhat fatter boom+sail.  It means that the kicker and mainsheet can remain…[Read more]

  • Hi Jamie,

    I should probably sort out some clips, but in fact I still use the temporary arrangement that I cobbled together several years ago. Basically I tie the uphaul onto the downhaul, which has a loop at the end for the pole. Maybe Inglefield clips would work?

    For the last couple of years we have simplified the uphaul by having a loop in…[Read more]

  • Dave Barker replied to the topic Fixing toe straps in the forum Technical 1 year, 3 months ago

    Probably worth putting a coat or two of varnish on the wood beforehand too, Alison. A4 or 316 stainless steel “penny” washers are great for applications like this, and I try to use nyloc nuts throughout my boat; there’s never really a good time to have a nut come loose, and if it does it will more often than not find its way under the floorboards,…[Read more]

  • Dave Barker replied to the topic Boom height… in the forum Technical 1 year, 7 months ago

    Hi Sylvain,

    Here is a photo of our mast, taken this morning. I was not able to measure it, unfortunately.

  • Without specific knowledge of this I would have to recommend copying/measuring the location from an existing boat of similar age and type. The position may be on the early drawings but I don’t know this for certain. Sorry to be less than helpful on this crucial point…

  • OK – here’s more than you could ever want to hear about boat handles.

    The first thing to say is that there seem to be two commonly used patterns, a symmetrical and an asymmetrical version. To my eye the asymm. version is more elegant, but the symm. one is perhaps more authentic?

    For no particular reason I’ll start with the asymmetric:-

    I…[Read more]

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