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Spinnaker Cleat Turrets
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lee williamsUser is Offline
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19 Nov 2015 06:22 PM
    Does anyone know if you can buy the wooden turrets that the spinnaker cleats sit on just by the twinners and shrouds? I don't have these on my Mk4 and think they will help the crew massively with controlling the pole.
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    20 Nov 2015 10:42 AM
    If you require them in wood then I would think that either you make them yourself or find a local woodworker or wood boat builder.

    All the commercially available ones are for plastic boats.

    UKFFA Webmaster (Simon Thompson - GBR4044)
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    lee williamsUser is Offline
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    21 Nov 2015 04:46 PM
    Hi Simon,
    Yes was hoping for wooden ones, I wonder if the fiberglass ones from P&B would fit a Mk4, although they are very expensive!Also need to make the wooden strakes that go on the foredeck by the mast.
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    21 Nov 2015 05:24 PM
    Hi Lee.
    We had the same issue on 2870 (Windebank 4). Although we did make wooden turrets (for 2663 - a Windebank 3) it is a lot easier to buy ready made alloy ones if you can find them. I bought the last pair sold by Ian Preston, but any good machine shop should be able to duplicate them from measurements.

    However if you do decide to make your own: we built up layers of teak (I think) glued together with epoxy. Then shaped them with rasp and sanding. Many layers of varnish. Drill out the holes for bolts oversize, fill with epoxy and if possible bolt though the deck into a backing plate under the deck. Then mount the cleat. If I remember correctly they were shaped to sit over the edge of the GRP deck with part mounted on the wooden rubbing strake. Sorry - can't find any images.

    An alloy one is much easier! They also have four mounting holes which makes them much more solid. The boat is still at our club so I could take some pictures if you would like to see them.

    Kind regards, Mike.
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    21 Nov 2015 07:18 PM
    If you want some made up for you, there are a couple of good boat builders you could try, depends on where you are in the country
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    lee williamsUser is Offline
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    21 Nov 2015 10:59 PM
    Hi Mike, yes please that would be very much appreciated, if you could take some dimensions too that would be great ☺
    Kieth, Im in South Wales if you could point me in the direction of anyone, thanks.
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    25 Nov 2015 10:55 PM
    Hi Lee

    that is about the only place I don't know a boat builder, try Brett Dingwall in London or perhaps contact someone at Chew VLSC they might no some on in the Bristol area. Sorry not to be more help at this stage
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    05 Aug 2016 10:19 AM
    I am late on this but I stacked three layers of 12 mm marine ply and sanded the base to the profile of the deck. There is a picture at this link: http://flyingfifteenpacific.blogspo...k-not.html

    Are there any pictures of your boat?
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