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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...

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

Sometimes we develop good ideas ourselves; sometimes they fall in our lap. I am not taking any credit for this...

By Steve Cockerill 30th September 2020

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

Europe Halyard Solutions

I started this project wondering how to make a reliable Halyard using Rooster's Zero  (UMHwPE heat treated and solution dyed)...

By Steve Cockerill 18th October 2021

Small Sailboat GRP repairs: Working with Gelcoat - invisible repairs...

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