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Tom Eccles

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A Yachting Beginner - Help Please
« on: August 27, 2007, 08:25:24 PM »

Right then,
I am about to prove that I am not only the forum moron when it comes to electrics, I have absolutely no idea about yachts and sailing.

The problem is the me and another yacht beginner have just bought ourselves a yacht!
We tried it out on the club pond on Sunday and decided it needed some refurbishment before we start asking advice on rigging. The thing is that I need some advice on where to get the bits and pieces we need.

Does anyone know of a good supplier of yacht fittings? there is no forestay on the mast and I am going to need some of that super sticky tape to cover the access points.

I live in Southport Lancashire and would like to be able to talk face to face with the supplier if possible.

Any help would be appreciated

Cheers

Clegg
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Re: A Yachting Beginner - Help Please
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2007, 10:16:38 PM »

Hi Clegg right then here we go most mast's theese days don't have forestays they rely on 2xmast stays 1 back stay and then the jib does the job of a forestay.A cheap way of refurbishing th mast and backstay is to toddle off to your local sea angling shop and ask for some trace wire BUT make sure it is 100LB breaking strain nad make sure you get the crimps with it.As for local suppliers who sell yacht bits well good joke my friend,you will be very lucky to find any model shop with fittings for us yachie chappies!!!!!.There is a supplier on the wirral but I don't know if you can just call in housmartins I believe sorry don't have an add or tel no as I deal with either PJ sails or graham Bantock.Try looking on the MYA site for traders addresses all the bets

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Re: A Yachting Beginner - Help Please
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2007, 10:32:07 PM »

Hello Clegg,
Help is right on your doorstep, at Housemartin Sails.
Their website is at  http://www.housemartinsails.co.uk
Martin is the most helpful person you will ever meet, a short trip with your boat, to let him see what is required - - - good prices too !!.
I know loads of folk who have dealt with him and all were very glad they did.
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2007, 10:39:59 PM »

Thanks for that jaydee needed that myself O0

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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2007, 10:44:24 PM »

Stavros,
I have been sailing yachts for nearly 20 years, got lots of info in this old head !!, biggest problem is getting it OUT !!.
Glad to have been of help.  ;)
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2007, 12:21:56 PM »

Hello Clegg,
Help is right on your doorstep, at Housemartin Sails.
Their website is at  http://www.housemartinsails.co.uk
Martin is the most helpful person you will ever meet, a short trip with your boat, to let him see what is required - - - good prices too !!.
I know loads of folk who have dealt with him and all were very glad they did.
John.

though seemimgly biased to IoM yachts, (international 1 meter), do not let that put you off, I have a university club from Lidl, and they did sails for that as well, they even have the plans now in their archive. :) no yacht is too big or too small for them to deal with, and the price is respectable too
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Re: A Yachting Beginner - Help Please
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2007, 12:49:55 PM »

Many thanks Gentlemen

Any advice on the adhesive tape for sealing the deck apertures?

Clegg
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2007, 01:06:31 PM »

Many thanks Gentlemen

Any advice on the adhesive tape for sealing the deck apertures?

Clegg

nothing ellse other than good old fashioned electrical insulation tape from B&Q, 2.99 per roll, our F.E race boys use it and that keeps the lids on the race boats when they roll over, so if it'll work on a race boat it'll work on a yacht
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2007, 01:07:18 PM »

We all have our own preferences for hiding holes, but if you are going for a chat with Martin, ask about that while you are there.  He really does know A LOT about sorting model yachts.
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2007, 04:23:59 PM »

Sticky back plastic - fablon - is good for covering deck holes. Waterproof, re sealable and cheap.

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Re: A Yachting Beginner - Help Please
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2007, 09:26:36 PM »

Housemartins sell  the proper deck patch Material

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« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2007, 10:13:36 PM »

Of course they do !!!.
They sell EVERYTHING you will ever need for a Yacht !!.
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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2007, 08:24:27 AM »

I use both methods at the same time ie on lightning/access holes only accessed occasionally I cover with the store bought sticky back material, whereas on the winch access which is always removed after a days sailing I use stiff transparent plastic (chocolate box type of stuff) sealed with electrical tape.  My reasons being that the adhesive used on the material is so powerful it takes much fiddling with finger nails/knife blades to get hold of an edge and quite often it stretches and will not lie all neat and flat. For some reason the sight of creases on the patch offends me  >:( Must get out more I suppose  :D :D

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Re: A Yachting Beginner - Help Please
« Reply #13 on: August 30, 2007, 08:12:21 AM »

Thanks Guys,

Very helpful.
The boat is looking a bit sorry for herself at the moment - I have been rubbing her bottom down to get the old paint off. Still, a few more days, some paint and a couple of coats of varnish will have her looking beautiful ( well at least not so rough!)
Thank you all for your help, especialy Stavros. Your post about mast stays has saved me a lot of heartache.
What a load of stars you are on this forum.

Clegg
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