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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.

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

By Mark Harper 2nd October 2020

If you have just acquired an old Laser/ILCA dinghy, this was the method of attaching the aft mainsheet block to the Laser/ILCA Boom... Back in the factory, this was quick, low cost way to attach most of the Lasers/ILCA fittings. However, pop rivets are renowned for 'stretching' and in areas of high load, such as the mainsheet block, the saddles holding the mainsheet blocks can unexpectedly fail (or rather the pop rivets). In addition due to the different metals and the presence of salt water, corrosion can occur in the area of the fittings and the attachment points. Below are...

Simple Foil Repair using the WEST SYSTEM® Epoxy System

A simple guide to fixing typical damage on leading and trailing edges on dinghy foils. - Write up by Abi...

By Abi Bentley 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

A simple kit to test leaking boats

At one RS 300 nationals, Steve found himself in a boat that seemed to be taking on a lot of water....

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020

It's Riveting Stuff

Here you will find some top tips on how to drill off a blind rivet and more information on rivets...

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020