Problems finding correct bits

Michael Grundey

Posted: 04 May 04 12:24
Message ID: 61
I have an oldish Lark (in the 500's). There are two pulleys at the front (on the Bulkhead) which are used to support the centreboard. The screws which support one of the pulleys are pulling out causing a leak into the buoyancy. I obviously need to replace these but do not know where to get fittings to match the original. Any ideas about the best way to deal with this as I cannot get to the back of the fittings as they are in the buoyancy tank. Can anyone help with a bit of advice pleae?


Posted: 05 May 04 08:08
Reply ID: 145
Since no one's replied I'll start with some general advice, but its a bit difficult without seeing the problem and I'm not really an expert in this area altjough have repaired bits and pieces on a number of different boats.

The easy solution if practical, is to fit larger screws. The next easiest is to move the fitting slightly and fill the old holes. Sometimes you can fill the hole and redrill (but not normally successful if there's any load on the fitting). If that doesn't work you can fit a hatch somewhere close that then allows you to work from the inside. And finally if you can't (class rules / space) or don't want to fit a hatch cover you cut a bit out and then rebuild the area as if it had been holed.

For bits (and probably better advice) you need to go to your local yacht chandler, preferably one whom specialises in Dinghies. A number do mail order and you could phone to get advice, Northampton sailboats, Speedsails ... try the links from the Yachts and Yachting website

Note that marine grade stainless steel is different from the stainless steel you buy at B&Q


Posted: 05 May 04 10:48
Reply ID: 146
The old hulls had bits of plywood behind the tank to screw into. If moving the fitting a little and drilling new holes doesn't find sound wood you will need to fit a hatch cover. I don't like the pulleys on the tank anyway and for years have used a pulley system with one end on the centrebpard case capping.