Wanderer Category: Technical

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Avoiding Jib-forestay Tangles

The picture above shows a simple spacer that can be made up from a piece of Perspex [have also seen in wood -Ed] and three Holt Allen HA144 forestay jib clips. The dimensions are not critical and the spacer has been directly copied from a similar one seen on a boat at a Wayfarer cruising weekend some years ago. The Perspex [wood] is simply cut to size and drilled for the stainless steel screws that hold the HA144 clips in place. The spacer is fitted above the upper jib-furling swivel with the single clip attached to the forestay and the double clips attached to the jib halyard wire. This spacer seems to work very well as long as the forestay does not have too much slack in it as a result of tensioning the jib luff. To make 100% sure of no tangles it would be advisable to make some

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Centreboard Friction Device

I had some problems with the centre board; It didn’t want to stay down after storage. It seemed that the “park” position compressed the friction pad so that it wouldn’t hold in the down or part-down position.In order to rectify this I added a 22mm wide strip of aluminium (B&Q) to the existing strip of keel band above the polythene tubing. I also inserted a 42mm Halfords rubber exhaust ring (79p) into the polythene tube and replaced the whole assembly. The theory behind this was that the rubber ring compressed as it was into the tube would add just enough resilience to enable the friction pad to expand into the centre board casing and provide some resistance. So far it has been successful, although I haven’t left it “parked” for more than a week yet; and I hope I wont have to! I was able to do this with the centre board

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