Help please. A search of this site hasn't helped me identify what the preferred solution is to two details (and I don't live close enough to other Merlins). Current flaps are single piece each side, screwed direct to transom and depend on weight of water to bend them sufficiently open. I suspect it will surprise no-one to know that it is not working.
Posted: 24/07/2006 09:47:09
By: bill (3076)
I use a thin but stiff plastic cut to a single shape for both sides at once and screwed to boat on the pintels vertical line. That acts as sufficient 'hinge'. Create closing device by thin lines attached to plastic on each opening to position inside boat about 300 mm in along centre line. Works very well and seals sufficiently not to leak.
Posted: 24/07/2006 09:54:35
By: Midland Circuit Chap
No idea whose idea it was but you can buy the plastic sheet from Pinnell & Bax (and I daresay others) and for once, it is not very expensive. It works well so long as transom surface is smooth and flat.
Posted: 24/07/2006 20:29:18
If using a cloth hinge we use sail number dacron, not sail repair tape. a piece 50mm wide the length of the top edge is fine any good sailmaker should find you a bit.red white black or blue, if no luck drop me a line I,ll send you some, regards Barry.
Posted: 24/07/2006 23:34:14
By: Barry Watkin
just lay up 2 little squares of carbon fibre - 2 layers of 200gsm should do it.
Posted: 25/07/2006 00:01:35
polycarbonate sheet, 2 or 2.5mm, pinnel & bax sell it 500 x 180 but i'm not sure it will be wide enough to do both flaps together. or get some from your local plastic supplier - they're everywhere.
Posted: 25/07/2006 16:14:15
extruded sheet - like makrolon or similar
Posted: 25/07/2006 16:15:42
'local plastic supplier...' What a fascinating concept. Here in Inverness we are currently experimenting with bakelite but there is a general view that the material has little future.
Posted: 25/07/2006 16:42:59
By: bill (3076)