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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.

4000 Class Upgrades

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020

Since the Dinghy Show in 2014, Rooster's involvement in the 4000 class could be construed as slow but steady. Early in 2014 we introduced the new Mainsail with a modern look. We changed the cloth of the Asymmetric Spinnaker to one that was more slippery - ideal for the chute of the 4000.    Photo © Richard de Fleury Late in 2014 we started testing a new rudder stock with brass pintles. Yes brass! It seams that stainless steel is more likely to propagate cracks than brass. The old steel pintles were failing regularly so we worked closely with Sea...

Spinnakers Without Tears & Split Mainsheets: Solved

How to Stop Your Spinnaker Halyard Getting Jammed? When pulling it up or "your standing on the spinny halyard" When...

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020

#BoatPrep101 - Part 3 Blocks Hardware and Rope

So far in the #BoatPrep101 series we have covered: #BoatPrep101 - Part 1 - Trailing Safety, (Straps, ties, lighting boards,...

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020

#BoatPrep101 - Part 2 Hull Cleaning and Repairing

Hull cleaning and repair. Two videos - one on boat cleaning and one on gelcoat repair - enjoy. Hull Cleaning...

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020

#BoatPrep101 - Winter Maintenance: Trailing Safety

TRAILING SAFETY ESSENTIALS: With -  VIDEO: How-To: Replace your Dinghy Trailer Hub Advice on Tie Down Straps Links to Hubs,...

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020