By Brian Gilbert

A soup-to-nuts creation to small, affordable crusing craft

Trailer sailers--the smallest, cost effective sailboats with dozing accommodations--are a well-liked platform for studying the fundamentals of cruising and are usually thought of to be the access point to cruising less than sail. writer Brian Gilbert indicates how trailer sailers should be the suitable craft for a life of amusement, together with severe, long-distance cruising. This booklet covers all of the bases, together with the way to check up on, purchase, and equip a ship; how you can trailer, sail, navigate, and cruise in small boats; how one can use communications and navigation apparatus; and more.

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If there are leaks from the deck hardware or the hull-to-deck joint, water will accumulate on the cabin floor. 36 FINDING YOUR SAILBOAT If the boat has a hatch in the center of the floor, lift it up to look in the bilge. Clean and dry is best, but a small puddle shouldn’t hurt. Look for evidence of flooding and rot in any of the low wood on the boat by poking your ice pick or pocketknife into inconspicuous areas. You’ll quickly learn what rotten wood feels like–-the ice pick will penetrate the wood with little resistance.

I had to strip everything off, sandblast the core, and relaminate the whole thing with several layers of glass and epoxy resin. It wasn’t a lot of fun. My current trailer sailer has a cast-iron centerboard that is housed in an external stub keel. ) While the centerboard provides some ballast (180 pounds), most of the ballast is in the keel, along the sides of the centerboard slot. This centerboard also got stuck because of corrosion, but repairing a cast-iron centerboard is a much simpler process.

Some hose clamps are made with cheaper grades of stainless and are more likely to rust, especially the screws. Check with a magnet if you have any doubts: in general, as the grade of stainless gets higher, the magnetic attraction gets lower. So, we’ve pretty much gone over the entire inside. Note any leaks, rot, water damage, and broken equipment in your notebook. If you’re not scared off at this point, turn your attention to the deck and the rig. Exterior Deck The first thing I do is use my not-unsubstantial weight to check the deck core.

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