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How to get shiny hull? I bought Manta 19 last year, and now it's time to prepare this little beauty to sail. I'm considering making complete overhaul restoration of the hull, but probably at the and of the year. First I want to see how I feel on the boat, and if everything works, I would invest to fix everything that has to be fixed. For now, I think the boat is in pretty good shape, but color is little bit faded, so before I make new investment, what is a good advice to polish the hull? Do you think that I will get little bit more color with polishing? All advices are more than welcome.15Mon 10 May 2021 09:28:23
Questions from a New Boy Having recently taken possession of Red Herring I would welcome advice from more experienced Manta owners on the following points: - What sort of cooker and where to locate it on board; - Design of a boom tent; - Design and fitting of a self-tacking jib; - How long the road trailer should be from snubbing post to hull supports (Red Herring's looks a bit short to me); - Availability of original paint (Rail Red in our case); - Function, if any, of four squares of buyancy foam about 30x30x5 cm currently loose in the cabin. Any help gratefully received. Charles2Tue 12 Nov 2019 23:06:47
sail numbers Recently purchased "Manta ray" sail number 1194. The build quality of these boats is really important now that they are quite elderly and is a league apart from other boats of this age. Does anyone know what year is associated with a sail number ?2Mon 28 Oct 2019 17:52:29
New Manta 19 owner Hello I am about to join the ranks of Manta 19 owners. I take possession of my Manta named Blue Ray on the 19 th of October. I am also new to sailing and plan to complete my competent crew training but will need lots more training too. Can you recommend jobs to do over the winter to prepare for getting her back in the water? She has a bit of rust and I was planning to remove treat and repaint. Also. Does anyone cover their Manta with a tarpaulin? If so can you tell me what size you would recommend ?2Mon 07 Oct 2019 19:21:37
Cockpit floor Firstly hello, I have only just joined the forum but had my Manta for 18 months, it spends most of the time at Rutland Water I have been doing a few jobs over winter and have noticed that the cockpit floor is very creaky. I know cored decks can be fixed by injecting epoxy but i'm not sure if the cockpit floor is solid or foam/ balsa/ anything else cored. Before i start drilling holes does anyone know what the construction is?3Tue 05 Apr 2016 21:56:54
Masthead halyard crane failure - Help and worth checking! Grizabella lost her mast over the side whilst on her mooring last autumn. Turns out the alloy mast end plug holding the stainless steel halyard blocks failed (after 35 years). This caused various bits of damage, including snapping the spreaders. So two things: It might well be worth everyone to check this fitting on their ageing Manta; has anybody replaced it, or got any advice on this as I can't find anything similar?3Thu 09 Jan 2014 17:36:53
Missing Parts I have noticed 3 screw holes on the pre molded section in front of the stern lockers Can any one enlighten me on what should be there a photo would be even better Thanks Mart4Fri 06 Dec 2013 08:30:10
Winter storage Hi all, after enjoying a few months on the water with my new manta Ive hauled her out for the winter. Im just hoping to pick your brains on anything particular I should look to do before leaving her outside for 6 months? I have a full top cover on her. Does anyone coat the hull with any protective coating etc? Thanks for your advice1Mon 25 Nov 2013 18:00:12
Hull query, and some strange wires Hello all, First, thanks to those who helped with my previous post regarding a Manta with a replacement mast. In the end I decided to buy it, so I am now the proud owner of a Manta 19! Anyway, I am hoping you guys may be able to provide some further assistance, and I apologize in advance for asking questions which undoubtedly have painfully obvious answers. To call myself a novice would be an understatement. First, the hull is looking rather worn in the area where the keel protrudes, and I'm wondering if it is in urgent need of repair, or if I could safely wait a little longer. Please see the attached photo. Second, I noticed a few wires sticking out of the roof of the cabin, just beside the mast. Anyone have any idea what these might be for? Thank you in advance for your assistance!7Mon 11 Nov 2013 18:21:31
Navigation lights Hi all, Can anyone give me an idiots guide to wiring my navigation to lights to the leisure battery please? Ill be honest in saying that I do not have the first clue where to start! Thank you L1Thu 13 Jun 2013 22:06:52
Centre Plate I'd appreciate comments regarding a centre plate which does not have a drilled pivot point but is hung on the keel securing bolt. This arrangement will significantly improve plate removal time, but I fear that it may also improve removal time when I don't want the plate removed. Has any one come across this arrangemet and if so was it satisfactory. Thanks Gary2Fri 17 Aug 2012 15:09:34
Leaking Lockers Hi I have rain water coming to the cockpit lockers ,I have removed and sealed the hinges but it still leaks .Any info would be helpfull, I also broke the cast aluminium mast foot , I made a new one from a hinge of a van door and used a piece of teak to go up inside the mast it worked perfect. Would love some help with the water problem . Hoping to hear from someone soon Thanks ! Tom3Tue 17 Jul 2012 10:08:14
Hammerite One to help with your Winter maintenance: This is a reply I just got from Hammerite: "We would not recommend the use of Hammerite in a marine environment i would suggest speaking with a specialist company such as International Marine who will be able to advise further, their contact number is 01489775050." LuisTue 13 Dec 2011 14:42:56
X - Kote New product , for making your ship new! I heard about this product this week, and thougt mabey there are manta sailers who are intrested or have allready brought this. . BasTue 01 Nov 2011 20:14:24
Help - lockers are full of water. Hi, We got our Manta last December, finally managed to launch her last Wed (11 May) and left her on her mooring on Coniston. When I returned today (10 days later) I could see she was heeling over I rowed up to her. Both the port cockpit locker and the locker under the port berth were full of water. Both the starboard lockers were dry, as was under the cabin floorboards. Being new to Mantas, has anyone any thoughts on where my leak may be? After I'd bailed the port berth locker dry, there was still some water coming in from a plug hole in the upper rear corner of the locker - I've no idea where the hole leads to! Thanks for any thoughts or advice. Cheers, Mark6Mon 06 Jun 2011 22:52:01
Manta 19 Seaeagle My Manta has a grey cabin top and deck. Could anyone recomend the best thing to use for cleaning the rubber marks off the coach roof without scratching.2Thu 15 Oct 2009 10:09:09
Repairs and spares!! We are continuing successfully with getting our new Manta into a seaworthy condition. We still, though, have some difficulties that someone may have previous experience of. Can anyone help with the following:- We need to remove the pushpit but the nuts are glassed over. If I stand on my head in the cockpit locker I can see it but can't get my arms in...using just one arm and touch I can't clear the nut? Also what size is the nut? I am also trying to source a pawl spring for the winch? Any help would be very gratefully received. Crumble3Mon 27 Apr 2009 13:58:47

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