Sun, 31/05/2020 - 11:09am
Rick, If it got damaged and we needed a new one it would cost loads more then that to have it repaired or replaced professionally and then it needs to be insured for its replacement value.
On the other hand, of course, we may go back to square one and either find a willing member to repair or replace it or buy from BYW.
Thu, 30/07/2020 - 12:20pm
For what it's worth I would suggest staying with the current fabricator as they appear to have sorted out the process. Its quite important that the two halves are bonded together and with the central strut properly and this takes a certain amount of skill and experience. The second board I made was a lot easier and quicker to make than the first as I had to work out the process with the first. If he has sorted the process Id say stay with it. On price I think he is being realistic given the cost of materials and the time it takes. The gel coat colour isn't very important as in the case of the boards I made I epoxy coated them with Hempel anti Osmosis that is an off white colour and its the antifouling that determines the final colour. The actual resin used needs to be a vinyl ester resin rather than a cheaper polyester resin as the vinyl resin is more water tolerant on the side that is exposed to water and is not gel coated ie the inside that floods in use. A polyester resin tends to take up water and can eventually go white as it is hydrolysed and softened.
Hope this helps.
Mike Clarke - I made original mould and a couple fo boards from it.
Thu, 30/07/2020 - 12:23pm
Welcome to Macs and the Association.
You will find lots of postings here about how difficult, even impossible, it is to steer a 26M at low speeds with the dagger board up. (or in your case, no board) The wind and tide will take control.
The good book says rudders and dagger board down at low speeds and once you are up to around 5/6knts up the board and rudders.
Thu, 30/07/2020 - 12:52pm
Thank you all,
I have placed my order for a replacement board with Fibreglass Fabricators and am hoping to be back sailing soon!
Just in case, do we have a similar line in rudders?