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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.

Small Sailboat GRP repairs: Working with Gelcoat

By Mark Harper 22nd February 2022

Gelcoat First, try to buy a gelcoat either by the name of the existing hull/deck colour/shade of your boat, or if possible find out from the original manufacturer or class association the BS or RAL code of the gelcoat colour used, so that it will match the existing. See this video here for more details. Years of UV and sunlight will discolour the surface and may cause a some mis-match to getting a perfect match. You may need to mix an additional pigment to get a perfect match for your boat. For the Laser 2000 here is a handy guide to...

Restoring a wooden 23 year old Solo dinghy..

At the local club (Dell Quay SC in Chichester Harbour) we have strong Solo Class. To help encourage the National...

By Mark Harper 22nd February 2022

How to Change your Mylar Slot Gasket with 3M Tape

We did it. I was inspired to track down the tape that was used to win the 470 gold at...

By Steve Cockerill 22nd February 2022

Competition Entry #1: Keep Your Burgee On

I sail at Combs Sailing Club in the Peak District. It's a reservoir surrounded by hills so gusty winds and capsizes are inevitable. I got fed up with righting the boat and finding the burgee staff with no burgee on it.....
By Steve Cockerill 22nd February 2022

Need a Premier Hull Finish? - Use SpeedSIX HydraPRO

Field application of SpeedSIX HydraPRO SpeedSIX HydraPRO comes if two handy sizes either a 100ml tin (enough for most dinghies)...

By Mark Harper 22nd February 2022