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Cheers Angus, that's a lot of help.
Thanks for your help, makes a lot of sense now. No (obvious) wire from forestay foot to mast foot when I was patching up the forward buoyancy tank, but I shall investigate!
I was wondering if anybody could help shed some light on the space-frame arrangement on 3219 - a baggy trouser.

I don't understand the function (or name!) of the highlighted tensioner cables. They attach at the mast step, and terminate at the space frame, next to the shrouds. Are they simply to add tension to the rig? If so - could anyone give me any advice as to how they are actually tensioned? The 'cigar' shaped thingy has a hole in it, whilst two threaded bolts attach to either side. Thanks
Boats / Re: N3219 Plastic Baggs
18 Jul 2016, 12:59
Baggs now back outdoors!

Boats / Re: N3219 Plastic Baggs
16 Jun 2016, 04:06
Finally nearing completion now.

Front tank repair tidied, primed and painted, along with the decks and rear tank. Looking much neater now.

Boats / Re: N3219 Plastic Baggs
18 Mar 2016, 02:07
No more pictures, but a replacement hog has been glued in place, as has a fresh patch for the front buoyancy tank.

Unfortunately, as my first attempt at wielding epoxy and fibreglass, the patch repair is perhaps the messiest piece of work ever attempted on a sailing vessel (I will probably skip posting pictures to save face). Since the repair I have thought of several things I could have done to achieve a neater job, such as tacking the repair patch in place whilst the epoxy was setting (Doh!) and using smaller strips of fibreglass cloth to avoid difficulties getting the cloth to hold its shape. At least I have learnt from the experience. It might even be watertight.

Final job is priming and top coating the decks and waiting for a nice new cover from P&B.
Boats / Re: N3219 Plastic Baggs
15 Dec 2015, 03:07
More varnish removal completed at the weekend. Fellow club members have noted how rough my approach seems to be (I've been using a scraper as my only tool thus far). I will give everything a good sand prior to applying any finishes though. Starting cleaning up the buoyancy tank before cutting begins.

Can I ask what the (crudely) highlighted lump of wood that supports the mast step is known as? This, inevitably, is pretty damp and rotten, so I'm keen to replace this along with a section of rotten gunwhale and deck at the rear.

Boats / Re: N3219 Plastic Baggs
29 Nov 2015, 05:26
Spent a fun afternoon scraping off varnish, decks and buoyancy tank starting to get there. A little bit of rot is present (last image), what is the best way to deal with sections like this?

Boats / Re: N3219 Plastic Baggs
17 Nov 2015, 01:00
Hi Tim, thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll go ahead and remove the foam and make a simple ply patch, similar to that in your pictures. Thanks, Alex.
Boats / Re: N3219 Plastic Baggs
16 Nov 2015, 02:26
I have just taken on Plastic Bags via Paul at Trent Valley and will be trying to tidy it up this winter. Tasks involve stripping and probably painting the wooden decks, repairing a hole in the front buoyancy tank and fitting some new toestrap.
Any tips on repairing the buoyancy tank are welcome. Rather than patching up the tank, would cutting a large neat section away and inserting a bouyancy bag in this space work? At least it wouldn't trap water. Also, any opinions on whether I should attempt to extract the old foam in the front tank? It looks a bit manky.


I'm looking forward to giving this a read, has anyone expressed an interest thus far?
Hi Tim, that looks great, thanks.
I'm located in Derby - sail out of Swarkestone SC. The journey is Reading to Derby.
Quick question - does anyone have any experience using a boat towing/delivery service? I'm looking at moving a 12 but can't get access to a trailer/car with a towbar so any recommendations welcome. Ta.
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