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Rudders Chain Plates Mast fitting for shrouds forestay Mainsheet fairlead Water proofing the hatch Improving Ballast Replacing Shrouds 'B' rig sails Radio Setup Clew/Tack Adjustment Improved sheeting system Gooseneck repair

The gooseneck is another fitting which may eventually break.  Either the fitting on the boom or the one on the mast lets go and must be fixed.  The plastic section on the boom can be repaired sometimes by wrapping some carbon fibre tow (or glass cloth) around the curved section and bonded into place with super glue.  This glue sets faster and if sprayed with accelerator from a model shop is almost instantaneous.

If the mast fitting breaks it needs replacing.  The simplest way is to cut a piece of aluminium sheet ~ 18/20 gauge in the pattern on the left and bending the sides back around the mast and the top and bottom sections forewards to form horizontal flanges which can be drilled to accept the gooseneck pivot pin.  The aluminium side sections can be secured to the mast with self tapping screws or small metal threads.

 

The section on the boom is a weak point anyway as the plastic fitting is rigidly fixed to the boom.  If there is any movement in the boom vang then the plastic fitting must break!  To ease the stresses on this fitting I removed it (blue section) from the end of the boom gently with pliers and reshaped it by filing the inside top and bottom surfaces to a shallow angle (grey sections) then refitted it to the boom with a small metal thread.  This allows the boom to move up and down through small angles allowing the possibility of an adjustable boom vang which allows much better control over the mainsail shape.


page last edited on 28/07/2013