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by keith_young
Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:24 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Stanchion base strength (for block attachment)
Replies: 2
Views: 752

Stanchion base strength (for block attachment)

Not having a toe rail to which blocks can be easily attached, I'm wondering about the prudence of using the loops on my westerly stanchion bases for attachment of blocks for stuff like spinnaker guys. Obviously I'm going to use the midship cleats where possible but sometimes they're not in the right...
by keith_young
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Single spreaders masthead rig & aft lowers
Replies: 4
Views: 1068

Re: Single spreaders masthead rig & aft lowers

I should really buy a Loos gauge, but ones suitable for my wire (and presumably that on a sealord) aren't cheap. My understanding from what I've read and heard is that it's ok for the the leeward lower to be loose when hard on the wind, but not to the point of flapping about. Unfortunately every tim...
by keith_young
Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Westerly Internal Varnish
Replies: 36
Views: 7045

Re: Westerly Internal Varnish

The lacquer supplied by Trafalgar was a one part thing (hmm..chemistry terminology knowledge fail here but presumably "pre-catalaysed" means the catalyst has already been added...which seems like a rather loose definition of "catalyst"). Obviously not the original thing Albert has highlighted but it...
by keith_young
Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:48 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Cockpit "teak" laminate
Replies: 2
Views: 721

Re: Cockpit "teak" laminate

Thanks Jolly Roger. I did go to Southampton and there were a number of plastic decking companies. All very similar. All very similar prices which were indeed not that much less than teak but whose products are not going to weather like teak so as you say, you're down to choosing the "weathered" fini...
by keith_young
Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:57 am
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Cockpit "teak" laminate
Replies: 2
Views: 721

Cockpit "teak" laminate

The "teak" laminate covering the seats in the cockpit of my Oceanlord is lifting and generally in need of replacement. Actually I had thought it was actually teak until it started lifting and I saw that it was just a sheet. What have others replaced this stuff with? Tek Dek looks a bit naff to me. *...
by keith_young
Sat Aug 15, 2015 10:00 am
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Westerly Internal Varnish
Replies: 36
Views: 7045

Re: Westerly Internal Varnish

Further info. The lacquer which Trafalgar were supplying a while ago at least is from symphony coatings and is "satin" pre-catalysed lacquer MN2002-0040
by keith_young
Sun Aug 09, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: How to mix the right colour for gel coat repairs
Replies: 2
Views: 1047

Re: How to mix the right colour for gel coat repairs

When I first got my oceanlord I spent a lot of time trying to colour match using various shades of off-white blue gee pigment. If you go this route do rub back the area around where you're doing first (it will be a completely different colour underneath), use tiny amounts of pigment on a toothpick, ...
by keith_young
Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: Technical Information
Topic: Recommendations for epoxy repair systems
Replies: 8
Views: 1915

Re: Recommendations for epoxy repair systems

I've used West, Blue Gee and Gurit SP epoxy in the past, all with decent results. I used west filler with the latter two. I'm no expert but they all seemed much of a muchness to me. West has some excellent documents on their web site and I was recently greatly impressed by a very detailed and compre...
by keith_young
Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:40 am
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Westerly Internal Varnish
Replies: 36
Views: 7045

Re: Westerly Internal Varnish

rhumlady wrote:That would probably be the previous owners favourite finish i would suggest as the factory finish would definitely not last that long on exterior woodwork.
I meant the *interior* grab rails. Fortunately the exterior ones are unvarnished/unlacquered :-)
by keith_young
Sat Aug 08, 2015 10:30 am
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Westerly Internal Varnish
Replies: 36
Views: 7045

Re: Westerly Internal Varnish

Many thanks but just to confirm...The finish on the grab handles seems to be glossier than the general woodwork. This might completely be my imagination (or the effect of time and hands but are your thoughts that it would all be the same stuff?
by keith_young
Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Cabin fittings & installations
Topic: Westerly Internal Varnish
Replies: 36
Views: 7045

Westerly Internal Varnish

Wood is not my strong point so apologies for a basic question. Anyone know what kind of varnish (or lacquer?) Westerly would have applied to things like grab handles in a 1991 Oceanlord? Having removed and replaced several of the grab rails and handles when the headlining was being done I now have t...
by keith_young
Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: General chat
Topic: Struggling to Learn how to sail!
Replies: 28
Views: 4976

Re: Struggling to Learn how to sail!

I know this is a slightly old thread but noting from the other thread that you're in Seaford, there's a Westerly Owners Association rally at Sovereign Harbour August 13th-16th: probably a sure-fire way to meet some westerly owners. You don't mention which club you were intending to join but not all ...
by keith_young
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: westerly oceanlord- storm sail
Replies: 5
Views: 1230

Re: westerly oceanlord- storm sail

Thanks...If that's the U bolt I'm thinking of (which I use for attaching a block for a downhaul) it isn't especially beefy!
by keith_young
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Spinnaker rigging: Oceanlord
Replies: 4
Views: 884

Re: Spinnaker rigging: Oceanlord

I should probably qualify: I wasn't thinking about turning blocks for guys and sheets but blocks for guys somewhere amidships. Another Oceanlord owner has recently confirmed that he uses my plan B strategy of attaching blocks via soft shackles to the midships cleats. I'm happy with how to (in genera...
by keith_young
Sun Jul 19, 2015 5:54 pm
Forum: Hull, Deck, Rigging & Sails
Topic: Spinnaker rigging: Oceanlord
Replies: 4
Views: 884

Spinnaker rigging: Oceanlord

Apologies for a fairly noddy question but I'm trying to work out the best arrangement for rigging downwind sails my Oceanlord. What block set-up do others use for a symmetric spinnaker? Would anyone be concerned about the pull from a big spinnaker on a block for the guys attached to westerly stantio...