Topic : Perspex for transome flaps

The 3mm thick perspex has cracked and now letting in water. Well the auto bailers work faster than the leak but it is time to make new ones.

Any body know of a source of perspex 3 - 4 mm thick and about the size of an A4 page ?

Yes I have been capsizing again... I'm new to this game OK !


Matt B

Posted: 17/08/2008 18:34:25
By: Matt B
Lookit up in your localYellow Pages most places willcut to size & shape. - It is not given away, ply is cheaper and lighter.

Posted: 17/08/2008 18:39:42
By: .
OK I was after a DIY solution. Looks like I'm going to raid the parish council notice board for its water proof cover ;+)


Posted: 17/08/2008 20:04:53
By: Matt B
Phone Tony Blackburn @ Sail Sport. He may be at the Nationals, but he will fix you up.
Tel.07960 957732 or 01392 420043.

I have some old Jackson Cant. one's going free.

Posted: 17/08/2008 20:20:58
By: broz
Most boats nowadays tend to use the circa 1.5mm flexible plastic, something like Makrolon. Tony @ Sailsports sells it and its cheap. All you do is cut with scissors the correct size required v.easy.

Posted: 17/08/2008 21:00:06
By: Richard Battey
This is the kiddie, follow the link

Posted: 17/08/2008 21:02:50
By: Richard Battey
Many thanks for that

Posted: 17/08/2008 21:34:55
By: Matt B
Go to a good stationers and buy an A4 ring binder made of thickish perspex and cut to size - works really well and you can get groovy colours.

Posted: 18/08/2008 09:19:40
By: Jane
I'd always assumed that the aim was good transparency so that you can see how cleanly the water leaves the transom?

Posted: 18/08/2008 15:07:04
By: Rod & Jo Sceptical
The main aim is the right degree of flexibility so you can judge the wind strength before you launch, by looking at how the flaps bend open in the wind.

Posted: 18/08/2008 15:40:25
By: Mags
A local framing shop should have it.

Posted: 21/08/2008 21:36:25
By: Nigel
gp plastics in birmingham stock perspex and will sell small amounts

Posted: 25/08/2008 07:59:00
By: steve ward

Forget about perspex. I have made 2 sets of transom flaps jib in 2 years for 2789 and 3112 plus a foul up preventer for the top of the latter's jib furling swiwel out of an off cut of 3mm polycarbonate obtained from our local glass and mirror centre for £5.
If you have a look on the www you will discover that polycarbonate is not brittle, resists UV radiation, can be machined without risk of shattering and will take a thread for a self tapping screw. So a couple of flaps cut to size with a strip of 15mm wide sponge backed sticky tape around the edges attached to the tramsom with a pair of nylon hinges provides a cheap, smart looking and easy solution to the problem.

Have a fun couple of DIY hours.


Posted: 25/08/2008 14:15:16
By: Peter 3112
If you use 1.5mm you can cut a one piece flap to cover both, fix in the middle, no nasty hinges, lightweight shock cord. Just make sure you smooth the edges to avoid cutting yr fingers!

Posted: 26/08/2008 07:43:31
By: John
And beyond 1.5mm there was created 0mm and lo the kiwis and Australians created the skiff.
self draining, double floored and without even self bailers.
Hulls dropped to a few kgs per foot.
(sorry, not quite metric!!!).
Ex Merlin crew from way back.....

Posted: 27/08/2008 12:09:02
By: martin webb


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