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I am now the very proud new owner of a 1966 buitlt Mark IXB, I picked her up from Norfolk yesterday and plan to race her at Hampton.
Thought that one might suit you Hywel!
If it were me doing the job on my boat (908) I would make up two wooden mounts for the fairlead track out of mahogany then epoxy in situ, also screw from the outside in, in effect to pull the mounts into place and onto the epoxy creating a good solid joint. You can fill the screw holes with a bit of epoxy mixed with some west 403 Microfibres. If you just screw the track straight into the plank lands it will last minutes under any load.
The track on Heaven Sent is simply screwed into the lands as with most wooden boats. It pulled out at the very windy Hampton open 3 years ago when the boat was 12 years old, I filled the holes up with epoxy and microfibres and screwed it back in place and it is still there.
Blimey! Are they really!? Total thickness on land overlap, what 8-10mm? Doesn't seem much to take some pretty heavy loads.
Well it got thoroughly tested at Salcombe! I'd screw into the lands (pilot hole and gauge the depth accurately) and use the belt and braces technique if it all pulls out. Bet it won't!
On a few of the Tammy vintage boats (ie. Passing Cloud) the jib track runs on the rear foredeck edge, the runner also has an aluminium bracket which holds the harken cleat.
Rod & Jo Sceptical
Hywel, on 1620, original jib was high clew. We tried a low clew to be able to use the foredeck as an end plate but we could never get the balance to feel right and went back to the high clew. We found it was difficult to get a good sheeting point on the floor, so continued to have the jib sheet fairlead on the deck, but fed the sheet first through a floating pulley on the end of a thin line which runs through a pulley fixed to the foredeck brace, and then runs across the boat just behind the mast and is cleated to the opposite side deck. Works as barber hauler so we can set the angle of the jib sheet as we want without coming in. Try it!
Evan Macombich 1498 did eventually disintegrate beyond repair. I gave it away to some friends who didn't really sail it and let the cover decay. Even all the decent fittings got stolen at Papercourt and then they gave it back to me!!!! Went to the dump I'm afraid.
Alex has got a load of old vintage stuff kicking around the flat, I am sure an old centreboard included. Worth giving him a call. I am sure it is available for the cost of a few beers.
I'll be having that centreboard off FX thank you very much.
Dalbers 1 Porkins 0
Tom, I think some covert tactics are needed to stop the Dalby menace...we'll need to put our thinking hats on!
Rod & Jo Sceptical
Andrew, I understood 1498 was falling apart from the moment you found her in a field?
Not really Rod, was in pretty reasonable condition allowing for the chickens that had been living in the upturned hull! What caused a lot of the problem was sailing it in vigorous conditions and particularly capsizing in surf trying to launch off Gurnard beach once. Sprung a couple of planks and damaged the deck frames and it was downhill from there on. I didn't have any money to do anything properly at the time.
Don't forget the Philly-chops Factor.