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  • Hi William, The winch on my trailer looks old enough to be original. That has stamped on it :- Line pull: 600lbs first layer. 300lbs full drum. As Oliver says, if you have a gentle slipway and the boat just floats onto the trailer, the winch does very little work. Best regards, Tony.
    tony08baker@... May 15, 2017
  • Hi again Tom, The rubber D-fender is screwed on. Small holes in the crown of the D allow access to the flat base through which the screws go. Regards, Tony.
    tony08baker@... Mar 23, 2017
  • Hi Tom, My 1979 model has black rubber D-fendering that looks like the original fit. As Oliver says, it may not look as nice as a wooden rubbing strip, but it is available by the metre (or foot) and once fitted requires no maintenance. Regards, Tony.
    tony08baker@... Mar 23, 2017
  • Hi Jonathan, The difference between our boats is that you have a loose slatted base in the lazarette whereas mine has a permanently bonded in piece of ply, hence the confusion. I do intend to use sandbags as necessary under the cockpit sole. Regards, Tony.
    tony08baker@... Mar 2, 2017
  • OK, on my boat, if I'm in the cabin and peer into the space beneath the cockpit sole, I cannot see right to the end of the skeg, because the bulkhead that forms the stern locker, or lazarette, comes right down into the keel/skeg. Therefore, the very after end of the skeg underneath the lazarette is a completely enclosed and inaccessible space. (Or it was until I cut an inspection...
    tony08baker@... Mar 2, 2017
  • Thanks Oliver. Getting the concrete in will be no problem because of the 4" inspection hatch I have fitted in the base of the stern locker. The space is quite small so ensuring it is completely filled should be okay. I really wanted to run the idea past the group for any snags I hadn't thought of, because once the concrete is in, it'll never come out again!
    tony08baker@... Mar 1, 2017
  • Hi all, Going back through the threads, I was reading about the time Oliver damaged his skeg on the slipway. On my boat there was no way to see the skeg from the inside as the bulkhead for the stern locker goes right down into the keel and inside the stern locker there is a piece of plywood glassed over the skeg to give the locker a flat bottom. Now when I bought the boat there was...
    tony08baker@... Mar 1, 2017
  • Hi Tony, My boat came with no electrics at all, so I have a blank canvas to start with. I've made up my mind to use solar panels and a charge regulator. The regulator is much cheaper than having to replace a cooked battery! There are some on Amazon and eBay that are very reasonably priced, but I wonder if they are any good? It's probably true that you only get what you pay for.
    tony08baker@... Feb 5, 2017
  • Thanks for all that Oliver. I have a permanent berth at our local club with electricity laid on, so I planned to use an ordinary battery charger when there. It's when away for a week or two that I need something else. The outboard charging option I was a bit doubtful about as the idea is to sail, not motor. Solar panels then seem to be the most realistic. I have read that it is...
    tony08baker@... Feb 3, 2017
  • Good evening everyone, Now with the evenings drawing out, my thoughts are turning towards the water. I'm doing well with bringing the boat up to my own standard but I'm wondering about the best way to charge the battery. My Tohatsu outboard does not have a charging coil so it seems I have three choices :- 1) Fit an alternator to the outboard. 2) Fit 2 small solar panels to the...
    tony08baker@... Feb 3, 2017