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Last Post 05 Aug 2015 10:57 AM by lee williams
Soft Decks on Mk4 Windebank
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lee williamsUser is Offline
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05 Aug 2015 08:04 AM
    Hi all, after some general advice, I have a Mk 4 Windebank that I bought very cheap, after fitting some newer sails the boat has turned out to be very good and great fun to race, only issue I have is some of the fiberglass, mainly on the foredeck and tops of the bouyancy tanks inside have gone soft and you can feel and hear the grp cracking when standing on them. The main issue is the foredeck with the crew having to go up and unclip the painter. What would be the easiest way to remedy this? will it eventually fail or just continue to make noises? Does the foredeck contribute to the overall stiffness a great deal. I have been making some Carbon parts for the boat recently and was wondering if overlaying the foredeck with some carbon matting would make a big difference? Any help would be appreciated thanks
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    05 Aug 2015 09:58 AM
    Hi Lee.

    I have owned a Windebank 3 (2663) and a Windebank 4 (2870). Both had the same problem you describe. I don't think the fibreglass has gone soft - I don't think it was ever that strong in the first place - probably less was used to get the boats down to weight - but others here may know better than me.

    My solution was to lay on the foredeck where possible, rather than walk on it, to spread the load. If you must walk on it try to step along the centre line where there appears to be more support.

    You can sail with the painter in place - we, and many other sailors at Chew Valley Lake, do this all the time. Use a fairly thin piece of line (5mm?) and just make sure it is stowed neatly so it doesn't tangle or fall over the side.

    Hope that helps.

    Mike

    ----------------------------- Mike Pearce Chew Valley Lake SC ------------------------------
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    05 Aug 2015 10:57 AM
    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for that it's good to know, perhaps I have been worrying for nothing. Yeah we have adopted the seal launch approach to getting to the bow and it does seem to work. My boat is No 2867 so pretty close to your old boat.
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