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From Graham Lamond (and Guest contributor)

Paddle Storage (1)

Storage space on a Flying Fifteen isn't one of it's biggest selling points, yet there is stuff we have to carry for safety as part of the class rules. A paddle of at least 1 metre length is one of these and is an awkward item to find space for. Some get chucked in the aft tank and others under the foredeck. I found this neat telescopic paddle online available from Marine Store in North Street, Maldon. It weighs very little and folds up into very little space, yet meets the 1metre rule when extended to its maximum length of 107cm. There is a hole in the handle to fit a lanyard and a 32mm clip fitted to the top of the bow tank is sufficient to hold it in place out of the way but available for immediate use when required.

Jockey Wheels

Most of us have pneumatic jockey wheels on the trailer and they're great. Over time however, they can deflate or start to perish. The valves are hard to reach and it' surprisingly difficult to find a replacement wheel exactly the same to fit into the yoke of the strut, often requiring replacement of the unit. To prevent punctures and extend the life of the wheel, take it into somewhere like ATS and ask them to fill it with expanding foam. The tyre will never deflate, is puncture proof and still retains some suppleness compared to those jockey wheels fitted with a solid tyre. This idea is also great for wheelbarrows, ride on lawnmowers, golf carts etc..

Jib Halyard jamming?

Most rig tension arrangements involve the wire jib halyard exiting the mast below the gooseneck and hooking up to a multi purchase tension system. With the tension on, the tendency is for the wire loop to lodge itself into the mast grove below the exit point and being double, create a lot of friction as well as wear. I have found the simple solution is to fit a pan head stainless screw at the top of the groove immediately below the exit point of the halyard. This does two things, one being to stop the wire lodging in the groove and the second being that the round head of the screw gently divides the two wires of the loop and greatly reduces friction. As long as you have a long loop in the halyard, the wire ferrule should not exit the back of the mast to the point where it catches on the screw at the point where you are trying to apply maximum tension.

Deck protection

You can buy folding foam sitting pads on EBay for around £3. Leave them in the folded position, make a hole with a screwdriver in one end and pass a rope or elastic loop through. You can then throw it over the tiller when dropping the main and it will stop the boom and blocks from scratching the deck. Also it won't blow away when you raise the sail. Leave the loop long enough so that the pad sits away from the tiller head allowing you to steer if you have to drop the main before coming alongside. The pad weighs nothing and can be kept in the bailer bucket. I have a small basket under the port foredeck and it goes in there. If you have a low boom cover, a second pad tied around the mast will support the boom when putting the boat away. Buy a third pad and you can sit on the grass with a well-earned beer!

Graham Lamond

Paddle Storage (2)

If you already have the standard wooden paddle as supplied by P&B amongst others, then the approach taken in the two photos attached works wiell. We have used this on all our boats since having the "new" interior. These photos were from 3950.

Simon Patterson

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