This is possibly a stupid topic but I have only recently felt sufficiently 'competent' to sail in stronger winds than Force 4 - an inevitable must do this 'summer'. Consequently, sailing my NSM yesterday in squally conditions, although very exciting, meant that we occasionally shipped (scooped in!) a bit more water than the self bailers could remove quickly. So should the transom flap elastic be tensioned so the flaps will open when there is just a bit more water pressure from inside than outside the boat or am I expected to judge when to open them manually?
Andy Hay - Enchantment 3386
We use the mylar film, double sided sticky tape along inboard and top edges with the bottom free. No elastic, rope or otherwise. Haven't noticed much water coming in when I meander to the back to pop down our fixed rudder and that's with 14 plus stone wandering about like a lost elephant. Very light, very simple, very cheap and no moving parts to go wrong. If only the rest of our Merlin was the same (broke her on Sunday, so in a bit of a grump) :-((
Can anybody recommend anywhere for suitable mylar film, nr Southampton please?
I use the 1mm perspex that I got from Tony Blackmore at Sailsport. 4mm bolts will hold it in place and its flexible enough to bend without needing hinges.