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Topics - Gerard Brown

The Rig / Free to a good home
September 01, 2022, 04:43:40 PM
We've got a Plastimo reffing / furling spar which we don't need anymore.
It's in Milton Keynes if anyone wants it or, maybe we could rendezvous somewhere mutually convenient.

It's a Plastimo 406 S complete with luff wire and top spacer.
The Engine / Trailing with a motor on the transom.
August 19, 2022, 08:59:30 AM
Does anyone trail their WB with an outboard mounted on the transom?
Is the boat strong enough to support 25kg whilst on the road?
The Hull / Lee board refurbishment
January 28, 2022, 10:37:43 AM
Amongst some other tidying up and improvements scheduled for this winter, we?re having our lee boards serviced by Jackson Composites in Leicestershire.

These are some pictures and a description of the process.

Pete extracted the pins without cutting into the moulding by going in through the V berth and then grinding away the shoulders of the lee board casing which held the pin itself

The pins were very corroded at the point where they were glassed into the hull, but not where the met the lee board itself. Maybe this was a reaction to three decades of a resin / saltwater mix.
New stainless steel pins will be fitted and should give another thirty years of service.

The hole in the lee board though was huge in relation to the pin and it will need a lot of rebuilding and reinforcing before the board is refitted. It was not however an elongated hole which you might have expected after the decades of wear and use.
Repair Yards / Recommendations wanted.
August 14, 2021, 07:39:35 PM
We?re thinking of refurbishing our lee boards / bilge boards and having some other minor works done to WB 18. Does anyone have any favourite boatyards or indeed any to steer away from?