Damage caused by blocks

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  1. JackB

    JackB New Member

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    The gel coat on the starboard side below the traveller, right next to the fairlead, has been worn down to the fibreglass. I think it was the block that did this.
    As I have only owned a laser for about a month, I cannot work out why this has happened, so any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I will get a picture of it next time I go down to my club.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    Not clear whether this happened to a brand new Laser or an old one that you 'inherited'.
     
  3. JackB

    JackB New Member

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    Ah, I bought it second hand. I think it is 11 years old, but in near pristine condition. This worn-patch certainly wasn't there when I bought it.
     
  4. AlanD

    AlanD Former ISAF Laser Measurer

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    While this type of damage will occur over a period of time of sailing, if it occurs quickly then it may have occurred when the boat was in transit.
     
  5. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    Just checked my 2002 hull. No damage, or wear, whatsoever in that area.

    Is something amiss with the lower traveler block?
     
  6. JackB

    JackB New Member

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    I guess it must be the traveller block then, as I bought it from a guy at my club, so it hasn't been in transit.

    I will try and get a photo today, so you know what I am on about.

    Thanks.
     
  7. Windglider

    Windglider New Member

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    Did you use your traveler block upside down?;)
     
  8. JackB

    JackB New Member

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    Got a picture:

    IMG_2034.jpg
     
  9. 49208

    49208 Tentmaker

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    Caused by a very tight and low-stretch traveler. Not a bad thing when the breeze is up, just a little cosmetically unpleasing.. The wear can be exaggerated if you leave the traveler really tight in light air
     
  10. JackB

    JackB New Member

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    ok, thanks, I'll try loosening my traveller
     
  11. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    Makes sense. But why is the wear only on the starboard side :confused:

    As an aside, if I use a very tight traveler, the lower traveler block will get stuck on the tiller when tacking. Wasn't that a problem for you? And yes, I have a low-tech (tubular) tiller.
     
  12. JackB

    JackB New Member

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    The block only got stuck when tacking slowly, in which case I just gave an extra tug on the mainsheet
     

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