Hi Dave, I apply the sealant while the boat is on the trailer in the Spring after having dried out all Winter in my brother-in-law's garage. I just smear the heck out of the screw heads, edges of the plates, ALL OVER the place so that water can't penetrate. I trailer sail so that helps a lot. After a sail, while still at the ramp, (I just did this last night after a 3 hour sail in the River, just me and a guy in a McGregor 21, we had the river all to ourselves!) I pull out any weeds, sticks, etc. that are hanging out of the centerboard trunk. This is the most common cause of a hard working board, things getting jammed up inside the trunk and interfering with the rope pendant up in there. Also, check inside the cuddy and make sure the pulleys, springs, lines in there are running freely and lubricate once in a while. Sometimes the boat heels over and extra life jackets, anchor bag, etc. jam up the lines and you may not notice it. I really like this little boat! I didn't like the colored sails at first, but I've had a lot of positive comments on them from sailors and non-sailors alike. My sides are fading and waxing does't seem to help, it's getting blotchy probably from the sun but I don't want to mess with rubbing compounds, etc. I'd rather have the integrity of the original finish. Does a lot aof sailing go on in your area?
pete tenerowicz (peteten-at-hotmail.com)