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#1 Ron D

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Posted 04 July 2014 - 07:04 PM

I've started sailing a RS700.  First two capsizes are easy.  By the third, the boat turtles real quick and is a bit of a bear to recover.  Is that the mast filling with water?  Is that typical?

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 06:42 PM

Wrap some self amalgamating tape around the mast head fitting, and then poke a hole through it just big enough for the halyard to go through.

Also fill around the shroud and forestay terminals with silicon. It will significantly slow down the chance of a turtle.

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Posted 06 July 2014 - 08:42 PM

Try and avoid the first 2 capsizes! :)




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Posted 07 July 2014 - 02:23 AM

drill a small hole in mast at deck level so it can drain ? would also confirm if it was filling up

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 06:15 PM

I should drill a drain hole in the base, ie the mast foot. Is the Foot alloy or plastic? the later ones are plastic. I replaced my alloy one as it had corroded quite badly. I bought my 700 used.


Most of the water will come scooting out the halyard entry, just up from the mast base but a drain hole on the end of the mast (in the foot itself) is the best solution.


I sail mine with a 20 ltr float bag tied to the sail head. Probably not what you want for racing:)  Yes, it slows me down a little but its great as I don't have a safety boat to cover me. I don't race, nothing to race against where I live (Falkland Islands)


Good luck, they are good boats.

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 03:46 PM

as you recover the boat, hold it capsized with the mast just out of the water to give it a chance to drain some. Im shocked there arent big drain holes in the bottom of the mast step - not much makes the boat harder to recover than a mast full of water carrying momentum.... 

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 06:42 PM

Yeah and if you're turtling into a sandy bottom you might be getting sand into the mast too so make sure you clean that out... ask me how I know.

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