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  1. #1
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    Default Wayfarer - great little boat

    Had a sail in a wayfarer today (single handed)

    Heavy boat on its launching trolley - so thought it would sail thus.

    It flew - even with a reef in.

    The tiller was humming, there was a zinging noise from somewhere.

    It was like a steam roller on land and then zoom.

    But why !!! does it have a swinging centre plate pivoting about a bolt which is below the water line???? I thought I was going to sink until I found the source of all the water.

    Still - very enjoyable sail - pulling it back to the park was a laugh (not) with all the water - biceps hurting already.
    Not been there, never done it, don't wear t-shirts

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    hi, there should be balers, open them when boat going fast on a reach (cos you don't need to concentrate as much then as when running or hiked when beating) this will suck the water out, then close them.
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    No, didn't have them.

    And are those floor boards necessary to spread the load (stop you putting your foot through the hull) coz all these ones did was come loose and get in the way.

    AND, what if you drop something down the inside and it rolls under the floor boards?
    Not been there, never done it, don't wear t-shirts

  4. #4
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    Aug 2004
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Floor boards also provide a flat and dry surface to sleep on, if you're so inclined. They make bailing by hand more difficult. We once lost a Twix under the floor boards, it kept sloshing into view from time to time, but it was halfway through the season before I retreived it.

    Our floor boards were one-piece, one full-length board each side. Some people use separate for and aft sections for ease of removal, like if you drop the car keys under.

    Centre board bolt leaks - the recommended cure is to use washers from Grolsch beer bottles.
    Tony S

  5. #5
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Learned to sail on a Wayfarer, great little boat.

    Did my learning in Paxos, Greek Islands (well it was warm!), had to tack out of a bay into about 18 - 20knts of wind and a short chop one day, it coped well!
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  6. #6
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Little? In dinghy terms, it's Mirabella V.

    BTW, if you want a Wayfarer, but don't like the weight on land, think about a Wanderer, which is a slightly scaled-down version.
    Next time, it'll all be different.

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Yes Wanderer named after frank and margeret dye who sailed there wayferer from scotland to iceland and norway, going through storms. I had an interesting chat to him a few weeks ago standing next to his boat in the national maritime museum in falmouth, I had to shake his hand.

    my trip the next day from falmouth to brest seemed nothing compared to what they did, and the limited gear they carried.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    [ QUOTE ]
    I had to shack his hand.

    [/ QUOTE ]

    Did you leanto the right and say "Hut do you do?" as you did it?
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  9. #9
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

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  10. #10
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    I had one for a couple of years. Great boat and very safe too.

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