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  • #51678

    Alex Alderton
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    I am the new Equipment & Safety officer for UWE Bristol’s university sailing club.
    I am looking to add some Rubbing Strakes to our 6 fireflys, in the hope it protects the gunwhales a little.

    First of all I’m looking for a guide on cost and where to get them from. I also was hoping to do this in plastic although I understand from a glance at the rules timber is required for competition. Cost being the key factor here,the cheaper the better.
    Secondly I am to be considered a novice when it comes to boat repair so any hints and tips for this job would be much appreciated.

    #53663

    Andy Reilly
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    Should we be offering congratulations or commiserations for taking such a role?
    Adding some sacrificial wooden gunwales is not too taxing and will certainly help protect the boats. Given that the wood is there to get a beating it is not worth going for anything expensive but I will have a look at what could make a good choice. Otherwise most of the bits needed are more likely to come from a wood merchant than Harken 🙂 The only thing is that you will need to buy 72 stainless steel screws and these are much cheaper on the internet then looking in any chandler.
    I will have a look at one of the plastic boats and see if I can offer some ideas on the woods and lengths.

    #53689

    Alex Alderton
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    Andy,
    Many Thanks for your reply.
    I suspect based on the pictures I have of the boats it is commiserations, although you’ll be hard pushed to find me not in high spirits, with this many hull repairs to do in my garage!

    I was wondering if you’d found anything? As my reason for posting was I had run out of places to look.

    Once again, many Thanks

    Alex

    #53692

    Andy Reilly
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    Hi, I had a look at a Rondar boat tonight and measured the gunwhales. The wood capping on the gunwhales is 13 feet long and is curving in 2 directions.
    I took a couple of pictures that show how Rondar used one piece of wood with a step in in it. I understand that some institutions build the wood up in a couple of layers. That is probably easier to manage and bend into shape.
    If you really want some fun, have a look at wood steaming. It is incredible what fun you can have with a wall paper stripper and plastic dustbin! By using a steamer you can mould the wood to the shape you want without having to fight with it.

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