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leaky 125, to buy or not to buy

I looked at a 125 today which has a minor leak and requires a new rudder. Apparantly the leak may be from an old rubber seal near the daggerboard and it leaks at a rate of only a few litres over half an hour of sailing. Is this a red flag in terms of warning me not to buy the boat. The current owner is allowing me to take the boat out over the weekend to see how bad the leak is and how well it sails.

Also the rudder needs replacing, roughly how much is this likely to cost? The boat is relatively cheap and needs a bit of tlc (obviously).

The boat is just for me to teach my fiancee how to sail, so doesn't need to be lean and mean, just needs to stay afloat and have all the necessary bits and bobs to show her the ropes.

Apologies for the broad and somewhat vague questions! Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Rob K9-Jun-2009    Edit    Delete 
Re: leaky 125, to buy or not to buy
Firstly, thank you for your interest in 125's they are a fantastic boat with a great group of sailors. to answer your queries;

Leaky centreboard case, if it is just the rubber around the centreboard bolt, then this is a common problem. All you have to do is replace the rubber. However as the area in question is going to be wet when sailing, and might not dry out properly, have a good look for dry rot in the timber. Replacing the rubber wont cost very much.

Rudder Blade, there are a number of places you can buy a ruder blade, but they arent cheap. If this is a first 'knock around' boat then I would put an add on the website asking for a second hand blade. Failing that you could always have a go at building one... This is a bit tricky, but if you are good with a hand plane, not that difficult....

The best thing you can do is to give a member of your local committee a call and have a talk to them, they will be able to answer any of your questions.

Good luck


Grant Steinback,
QLD state president
Grant Steinback9-Jun-2009    Edit    Delete 
Re: leaky 125, to buy or not to buy
Agree with the first description but worth going for a sail just to check if the leak is eminating from anywhere around centrecase timbers indicating a more serious structural failure.

This in itself too may not be a big deal but is harder to fix than sealing rubber gaskets. These can in fact be neoprene washers backed by large washers and sandwiched by centrecase pivot bolt against centrecase timbers.

What sail number is the 125? This will give a major indication of age of the hull. The older less maintained hulls can suffer from fibreglass delamination and even timber weakness from years of use.

And yes I got my wife into 125s before we were engaged, and my three boys since, so can atest the class's suitability in this regards.

Happy sailing!
steve low9-Jun-2009    Edit    Delete 
Re: leaky 125, to buy or not to buy
thanks very much guys for your helpful responses. looking forward to taking her out on saturday and will keep these things in mind.

the sail number is 2201. could you help me out with finding out some of her history?


Rob K9-Jun-2009    Edit    Delete 
Re: leaky 125, to buy or not to buy
Hi Rob

This boat is in WA yes?
From memory its an ex Nedlands YC boat vintage 1980/81. Pretty sure it was sailing from EFYC for a time also. I will try and remember more....
Do you intend racing? EFYC will have a big fleet this season with a wide range of skills so maybe a good place to start.
Andrew11-Jun-2009    Edit    Delete 
Re: leaky 125, to buy or not to buy
Hi Andrew, thanks for the info.

Yes this boat is indeed in WA. At this stage it's purely to teach my fiancee to sail and I don't really intend to race in the short term, but it's definately something I would like to do in future.



Rob K11-Jun-2009    Edit    Delete 

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