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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Hey I just stumbled upon this thread, I too am considering removing the floorboards from my new wayfarer to 1) make it lighter on the trolley and 2) make it easier to keep clean inside. In my case I'm not going to be sleeping in it (or if I did I could always put the floorboards back). Are there any other reasons why I ought to leave them in place?

  2. #12
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    May 2005
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Removing the floor boards doesn't sound like a good idea. They add negligable weight, and make it much easier to move around the boat. Standing directly on the hull skin is not advised- even when afloat, but definitely never when the boat is ashore.
    I don't really see the argument about losing things that you drop... If you drop something, it's going out the self bailer anyway...
    Deb 33- Wayfarer- Wanderer

  3. #13
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    Apr 2006
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Wayfarers are said to be difficult to right after capsize.
    Blow wind, rise storm,
    Ship ashore before dawn.

  4. #14
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Quote Originally Posted by EdWingfield View Post
    Wayfarers are said to be difficult to right after capsize.
    I never found that. However they come up with most of the sea inside which can be inconvenient.

  5. #15
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    used to sail them when i was a teenager single handed and took poeple out sailing on them at a local parks lake (danson park) when there used to be a little sailing club before the council took over things. long before i got a yacht and joing a YC. great dinghys
    aka- woozy-UK

  6. #16
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Quote Originally Posted by Ruffles View Post
    I never found that. However they come up with most of the sea inside which can be inconvenient.
    Exactly. In a seaway you cannot bail them, or even prevent them re-capsizing whilst you are trying.
    Blow wind, rise storm,
    Ship ashore before dawn.

  7. #17
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    Feb 2004
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Quote Originally Posted by EdWingfield View Post
    Exactly. In a seaway you cannot bail them, or even prevent them re-capsizing whilst you are trying.
    Agreed. They should come with a soap dish.

    On the other hand, having no or little buoyancy at the sides means it easy to reach the dagger board.

  8. #18
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    Jun 2004
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    We had one for 18 years and did quite a bit of camping under a boom tent. Never could bring myself to cut the holes in the bottom for self bailers - we had a pump. Floorboards were clipped down but had tendency to come loose if you got a lot of water in the boat.
    They are heavy boats but they have a big powerful rig. When racing I seem to remember that we had a similar handicap to the Lasers and we could beat them upwind but they beat us downwind.
    ۞

  9. #19
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    Feb 2004
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Quote Originally Posted by DJE View Post
    - we had a pump.
    Now you mention it the one I learned to sail in had a pump. An excellent idea.

  10. #20
    Join Date
    May 2001
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    UK - Solent region
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Quote Originally Posted by hmm View Post
    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.
    Still based on a plywood design.
    You should try a Kestrel, similar in size, but Ian Procter's first true grp design - round bilged & great sail.

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