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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.

Riveting Video on Riveting :)

By Steve Cockerill 2nd October 2020

The video tells it all - except where to buy the rivets... Rooster hold many styles of rivets. Rivets are often misleadingly described as 5mm, when they are mostly 4.8mm or the old 3/16": of an inch. Do not make the mistake of drilling out an old rivet with a 5mm drill. Check out this video and all will be revealed.     Rooster stock 3/16" Stainless Rivets in a range of lengths. We also stock Rivets for Carbon and Aluminium Counter Sunk Rivets, ideal for Laser Lower Mast plug replacement as well as 4.8mm Monal Rivets and 4mm Monal Rivets...

The Laser Boom - Bolt it up! (From the Rooster Archives)

If you have just acquired an old Laser/ILCA dinghy, this was the method of attaching the aft mainsheet block to...

By Mark Harper 2nd October 2020

Laser/ILCA Spars Rivets List

The ultimate riveting guide for your Laser® /ILCA spars! Upper Mast Section  Upper Mast Base Plug 2 x 4.8mm (3/16") x...

By Rooster Sailing 2nd October 2020

How to Repair a Laser®/ILCA Daggerboard

We had a visit from David Summerville of Phoenix Marine at the Rooster Head Office to demonstrate how he repairs...

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020

Rooster How to - Laser Gunwale Repair With West 610

Probably the most common repair we will ever need to do to an old Laser is the gunwale repair.  ...

By Steve Cockerill 5th February 2021