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  1. #51
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    You might want to make up some 'washers' (for want of a better term) using thin plastic, around the pivot bolt. This will pack out the space and reduce friction, as well as saving your varnish from abrasion. Think something like a CD but thinner.
    Deb 33- Wayfarer- Wanderer

  2. #52
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Cheers for all the advice. I had a feeling I would need to keep it indoors to dry out for a long period. This makes me think it might be a job for next winter as I don't want to miss out on any sailing! Would there be any advantage in varnishing the wet area without drying out as a temporary measure for this summer or would that only trap the moisture in?

    Re the plastic washers, do you mean to go in between the stock and the blade? (rather than outside the stock where it currently has metal washers)

  3. #53
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    I would varnish it after as much drying as was convenient.
    Heat the area where the problem is with a hot air gun for short periods. Leave the blade in the airing cupboard overnight.
    It's more important to go sailing.

  4. #54
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Coming in on this a bit late. Some stiffness in the pivot could be regarded as a good thing. My W rudder has no uphaul and I think that is normal. So come launching or hauling up a slipway it is an asset for the tip of the rudder to be kept up from grounding. I would agree with the advice to go sailing. The wood is a hardwood, the vast majority of it's life is spent out of water. Not sure but isn't this patch above the water line a fraction anyway? If I was a perfectionist or a racer I might think differently but varnishing is not for me.....

  5. #55
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Quote Originally Posted by sillyboxes View Post
    Cheers for all the advice. I had a feeling I would need to keep it indoors to dry out for a long period. This makes me think it might be a job for next winter as I don't want to miss out on any sailing! Would there be any advantage in varnishing the wet area without drying out as a temporary measure for this summer or would that only trap the moisture in?

    Re the plastic washers, do you mean to go in between the stock and the blade? (rather than outside the stock where it currently has metal washers)
    Between the stock and the blade. It's pretty much sacrificial, could be cut from an empty coke bottle or similar.
    Deb 33- Wayfarer- Wanderer

  6. #56
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    I have another wayfarer maintenance question. My mainsail never goes all the way up, so that I can't quite get good luff tension and the sail shape is a bit funny.
    There's nothing obviously wrong with the mast track but someone has suggested that the rope that is hemmed into the luff has contracted with age, and that I need to unpick the stitching at the tack and reattach it a few inches further up.

    Has anyone done this and have any tips? Or know of any book, youtube vid etc on the subject?

    Thanks in advance

  7. #57
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Quote Originally Posted by sillyboxes View Post
    I have another wayfarer maintenance question. My mainsail never goes all the way up, so that I can't quite get good luff tension and the sail shape is a bit funny.
    There's nothing obviously wrong with the mast track but someone has suggested that the rope that is hemmed into the luff has contracted with age, and that I need to unpick the stitching at the tack and reattach it a few inches further up.
    Time for a new sail!
    It will be well worth it - the boat will sail ten times better and you'll have loads more fun.
    Nobody ever regrets buying a new mainsail.

  8. #58
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    My racing dinghy main is getting a bit old.
    It has probably shrunk a bit.
    We haul it to the top of the mast with the tack disconnected, then use the cunningham to stretch the luff and put the tack pin in.
    On some boats you don't want to overdo it, or the sail will be above the black band, or if the foot fits in a track on the boom it may be distorted.
    We use a 2:1 halyard which helps but isn't essential.

    A new main would be nice, but jibs and kites make far more difference on some boats.

    Also if friction is a problem, try cleaning the mast groove, I just use Tesco's cheapest wax aerosol polish a couple of times a year, haul a rag up and down on the halyard if the mast is up.
    Hope that helps?

    Some boats don't bother with the tack pin, just tie the tack arond the mast. If you do that and release the kicker a lot, the boom may come off the gooseneck in some cases.

  9. #59
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    Well, I don't want to get a new mainsail just yet as this would cost more than I paid for the boat! But I've found a sailmaker who will restitch the luff boltrope for 20 so I reckon that's a good compromised compared with attempting it myself.

    I also want to get the boom traveller into action. It has a track going right across the stern but it's blocked off amidships with a pair of stopper knots and there's nothing rigged up for controlling the car.

    I was thinking of adding a jam cleat and single pulley at each end of the track, and using a single line to connect them in a loop, with a couple of inches of slack - to avoid having loose dog ends flapping around the place. Does this sound like an ok system or is there a better way?

  10. #60
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    Default Re: Wayfarer - great little boat

    The traveller went a bit out of fashion a few years ago, as you can achieve the same result more simply using a more powerful kicker, with the mainsheet on a bridle.
    Deb 33- Wayfarer- Wanderer

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