Looking for some advice on 3365 Delboy
Well I'm now the proud owner of 3365 Delboy a wooden NMS2 :D
You can set up the standing order online account details are on te standing order form , also download a membership form and email it to me
Setting the boat level is easy. A Merlin has a vertical bow/stem so just use a (vertical) spirit level on the stem to set the boat level. You could do the same with by using the spirit level on the transom but most people prefer to trust the stem. In general it is best not to assume anything else in the boat is perpendicular in any direction (particularly the thwart, which looks very tempting). There is some good advice in the library section of this website (some of which is only available to association members).
Part 2 of the process is then to measure your mast rake with a weight dangling on the main halyard. This should be about 9" aft of the mast at mast gate level. Also worth checking the mast is upright across the boat - assuming the boat is still symmetrical then if you cleat the main halyard at the point where it will just touch the deck next to the shroud on one side, then go round to the other side it will just touch there. If it doesn't, fiddle with the shroud lengths. When I last saw Del Boy the boat still had the original white 2 pack finish from Rowsell's.
Thanks Richard - I'll use the stem - I did see some information in the library and got blocked from most of it as I'm not a member yet. All the more reason to join.
Andrew Thanks for the tips, I'll be sure to follow them.
piers this is not foolproof but I use a spirit level on the transom to get the boat level. Transom should be vertical unless its obvious that the boat has not been built with this in mind! It's the only reasonably flat surface that has easy access while on the trolley. On a Rowsell II it should be vertical, or as near as makes no odds
Del Boy's original colour was yellow and certainly not a two-pack! Not sure what brand my brother used - possibly Woolworth's...
I'm glad to hear the original colour was yellow! It's current colour fits Del Boys capri rather than his reliant.
Perhaps this is a boat that could come on the second hand boat list ? It is still there... See the other thread about removing sold boats....
It can come off the use boat list but to be fair to Gerry (bloke selling it) I did only buy it this Sunday. But I'd be happy for it to come off as I'm not intending it to be going anywhere soon.
Sorry for the double post.
Spreaders will normally influence the fore and aft bend but if the mast is bending to port or starboard then either the shrouds are of a different length, the shroud plates are not in the correct holes or the spreaders are set to different lengths.
Accepted advice on rig tension is once hiking out, apply enough shroud tension to just keep the leeward shroud tight, in light conditions pull on quite a bit of tension to give you a bit of prebend in the mast. Your 200+ on the tension gauge may well be about right. My previous attendances at the Rutland training have shown that rig tension isn't something most top sailors are obsessing about, but you haven't got a soft mast & a set of lowers.
...or have you got a soft mast & lowers? Not the original set up but may well have been modified. There are good articles in the library section. Initially set the mast up with the shrouds snug but not tensioned to set rake, then apply the tension to look at prebend.
I think it must be a soft mast as I have a set lowers on it.
Piers, if you look in the Library section under Boat Tuning, you should find out how to set the lowers
Brill Thanks you.