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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.

Laser® Bailer Spring - and it will work for ever!

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020

Sometimes we develop good ideas ourselves; sometimes they fall in our lap. I am not taking any credit for this invention, but it is sheer brilliance on the part of a fellow Masters Laser sailor!Perhaps its because I have to spend half an hour every 6 months changing my self bailer bands, or maybe its the worry that the bailer might leak for the next sail after changing them. This is a once only solution. However, they only work on the current official (old replica) nautos® self bailers for the Laser® or ILCA...So when you open yours up for the...

Riveting Video on Riveting :)

The video tells it all - except where to buy the rivets... Rooster hold many styles of rivets. Rivets are...

By Steve Cockerill 2nd October 2020

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