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Boat Maintenance Tips

Blog articles on looking after and improving your dinghy, keelboat, or SUP, including articles showing how to repair or fix issues.

Europe Halyard Solutions

By Steve Cockerill 18th October 2021

I started this project wondering how to make a reliable Halyard using Rooster's Zero  (UMHwPE heat treated and solution dyed) equivalent to some of the best Dyneema® on the market.  Luckily I had some expert help from Derek Clark who was happy to share some of his work for the RYA, and together we tested and made a solution for the Europe. I have had one on my boat since March 2021, sailed in lots of breeze over the season in my bid to win the UK Europe National Championships just 25 years since my last title. On inspection the...

Small Sailboat GRP repairs: Working with Gelcoat

Gelcoat First, try to buy a gelcoat either by the name of the existing hull/deck colour/shade of your boat, or...

By Mark Harper 13th October 2021

Restoring a wooden 23 year old Solo dinghy..

At the local club (Dell Quay SC in Chichester Harbour) we have strong Solo Class. To help encourage the National...

By Mark Harper 5th August 2021

How to Change your Mylar Slot Gasket with 3M Tape

We did it. I was inspired to track down the tape that was used to win the 470 gold at...

By Steve Cockerill 31st March 2021

Competition Entry #1: Keep Your Burgee On

I sail at Combs Sailing Club in the Peak District. It's a reservoir surrounded by hills so gusty winds and capsizes are inevitable. I got fed up with righting the boat and finding the burgee staff with no burgee on it.....
By Steve Cockerill 2nd October 2020