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Teak Cockpit Floor Has anyone ever made a teak cockpit sole for their Manta 19? Either the "grid" version or just a neat set of planks. Thinking about having a go and I'd be interested about any input. Alternatively if anyone already has one that they fancy posting some pics of for ideas, I'd love to see them!Tue 21 Sep 2021 10:06:20
Most suitable outboard for Manta 19 Hi everyone. Apologies if this has been discussed before, I couldn't find anything though. I'm on the verge of hitting the "buy" button on a Manta 19 for sale, but she doesn't come with an outboard, so I'm trying to figure out what size outboard I would need and what my outlay would be. According to the "generally accepted rule", you should have 1hp per 500lbs of displacement or thereabouts. Thus - as the boat displaces 1500lbs - 3 to 3.5hp should be ok. However I'd likely be sailing her in the solent and I don't want to get caught out underpowered if I end up in a situation where I'm punching the tide. So should I edge on the size of caution and go for 4hp or even 5hp?? What size does everyone else use?2Fri 17 Sep 2021 08:48:04
Time for bed said Zebedee The V berth shape of the Manta makes it awkward if you’re using normal sized sheets and duvets don’t you think ? So I finally got round to doing something about it. Cut a 4” mattress topper to fit the V. Stitched a sheet to make a fitted bottom sheet. Cut a duvet to fit the V Refoamed the existing cushions Result : bliss 💤 and ship's cat 🐱 Theo agrees !7Sun 12 Sep 2021 10:58:16
Hatch Hinges Grizabella's forward hatch hinges are very corroded and one broken. Anyone know of a source for a suitable replacement? Des Booth posted a similar request on the old message board in June - no replies, but I wonder if he found a solution?6Tue 08 Jun 2021 19:08:28
Spinnaker pole We’ve used a small cruising chute with our Heartbeat on Coniston successfully for some time now by tying the foot to the pulpit. Rummaging about in the loft I found this item from some long ago boat, maybe a GP14 or an Eagle 525. I think it’s a spinnaker pole but I could be wrong, does anyone have any ideas how we could use it on our Manta ?3Sun 09 May 2021 19:17:27
Tiller During my year of sailing Red Herring on the River Cam, which involves a lot of tacking, I have found the wooden tiller inconveniently long. Have others felt the same and has anyone tried shortening it? Charles2Tue 19 Jan 2021 23:13:48
Porta potti Hi all, Just trying to fit out our boat for short trips with small children. Has anyone put in a porta potti? On paper the smallest size (the porta potti 335) might just squeak into the space between the V berths but it looks a bit tight! Hard to measure exactly because the space curves at the front. Anyone able to tell me definitively if it fits or not?11Thu 16 Jul 2020 21:23:11
How best to fit a VHF antenna? There seems to be pretty few options when it comes to fitting a VHF antenna to the masthead. What works for you?1Mon 13 Jul 2020 20:22:55
Cockpit Tent We bought a cheap tent.Easy Camp Spirit 300. Whit only at little change it work perfect. Have a look here : we will be helpfull with details.5Tue 09 Jun 2020 16:04:33
Mooring/Berthing Arrangements Red Herring is now afloat and will be kept on an alongside berth at the Cam Sailing Club. Having been used to boats with plenty of cleats and fairleads I find that there aren't enough on the Manta to allow a conventional rigging of warps, both when coming alongside and when securing the boat once there. I am used to sailing or motoring up with a midships line rigged, ready to drop over a convenient cleat on the dock to bring the boat under control and then setting up bow and stern lines and springs. Red Herring has a sampson post/cleat on the foredeck with a fairlead on each bow, and on each side at the stern there are 2 cleats and a single fairlead. Most noticeable is the lack of any midships cleat or fairlead. I would welcome advice on how to rig a Manta 19, using existing fittings, for coming alongside safely single handed and then for securing the boat.Sat 06 Jun 2020 12:46:23
Stanchion base Has anyone sourced stanchion bases? I have failed! Help appreciated!2Fri 03 Jan 2020 15:11:27
Remote outboard Is there someone using a remote outboard in the Manta 19? How did you install it? It would be nice to have some pictures.Thu 18 Apr 2019 20:01:47
Manta Under-step Locker Hi, all, and happy New Year 2015! Whilst I've got the under-step storage box/locker out of my boat and sitting at home, awaiting some fettling and varnish, I've taken the opportunity to post a description and some dimensions. The box really consists of two plywood boxes, with open fronts and open tops, connected together by 2 long strips of wood that run across the front of both boxes, top and bottom. A gap between the boxes (approx. 80mm wide) accommodates the centre-plate box; a 3rd strip of wood fills this gap at the front, hiding the CP box and adding a bit more stiffness to the structure. The construction stretches across the width of the cabin, resting on top of the bunk mouldings on either side. It's only secured to the top of the bunks by one rivet on each side, although it's also held in by the step, fastened riveted down in front of it. It's a fairly simple construction made from various thicknesses of (what looks like) good quality ply, pinned and glued together, with supports for shelves fitted into the boxes. I'm taking a section out of the back of mine to accommodate a skin fitting that I've epoxied through the side of the CP box as a drain for an automatic bilge pump I've fitted, a la Mekicevica! (Thanks for the inspiration!) Hope this is useful, please reply if you want any more info! John/Grebe4Mon 05 Jan 2015 18:18:32
Gooseneck fitting Hi All, Having just collected my Manta 19 "Crepello", Iknow there are a few jobs need doing before she hits the water again. One of which is the gooseneck fitting. After reading one of your members pages regarding the gooseneck fitting, they explain that there is a "square block" which slides up the mast track or is attached to the mast somehow". Sadly, "Crepello" doesn't have this either on the mast or in the boat. If anyone can help me with any information as to where to buy one or forward a design or drawing to me in order to have one made/fabricated, it would be much appreciated. Incidently, the boom has the "male" side of the gooseneck attached to it and is in good condition. Many Thanks GlennWed 26 Nov 2014 19:14:46
headsail cars Hi, Manta Sailors. One of my headsail cars, which have looked dodgy from day one, has finally given-up the ghost. Has anyone replaced the headsail cars? Is the rail compatible with "modern" cars? What size? Thanks for your advice. LuisThu 05 Jun 2014 19:42:10
centreplate operation Does anyone know how long the centreplate chain is, please? Also the strop between the chain and the plate? When I raise the plate and then lower it slightly it comes to rest on some kind of stop inside the ballast keel, but I don't know if this means the plate is fully up, or at the right level for sailing. I know the brochure says the plate should be lowered until just three or four links are showing above the fitting on the bridge-deck, but this leaves a gap between the plate and the ballast keel, with the strop and its splice fitting exposed. Until now I have gone by the coloured twine left helpfully in place on one of the links by her last owner, but this has now disappeared. Unfortunately, she has just been launched after being lifted out for antifouling or I would check physically, but she won't be coming out again for another year. Any advice would be very welcome!2Thu 24 Apr 2014 14:02:07
12L fuel tank Hi all, Does anyone know if a 12L honda fuel tank will fit into the port locker? Dimensions of fuel tank are - 39cm x 26cm x 22cm. Sadly shes on the water right now and I am not in position to get out and check the dimensions! Thank youTue 18 Jun 2013 15:51:05
bilge pumps Sailing season is almost here again. This year I am keeping my Mekicevica on the water. As a sensible precaution, I'd like to install a bilge pump. Does anybody have any experience with bilge pumps in the Manta? What pump, where to place it, where to put the discharge, etc.. Thanks Luis3Tue 08 May 2012 21:31:35
Manta 19 Table Hi. I am a new owner of a Manta 19 and there is no table or leg with it. I intend to make one and would be grateful of any member who has the correct dimensions for the table. Cheers Al2Sun 14 Aug 2011 22:25:26
Depth sounder Has anybody had a depth sounder fitted to a Manta 19? Where is the best place to fit the transponder?5Wed 25 May 2011 10:37:47
leg for table Hi Again, does anyone have a photo or drawing of the leg for the table, from the under side, measurements or details of fittings would also be a great help, we need to replace the leg, we have the top and the leg has broken off and didnt come with the boat. Thanks, jerry and Jane (Kittywake)5Sun 29 Aug 2010 23:03:25
Legs for a manta Greetings, Does anyone have photos of the legs on a Manta and/or the dimensions? Thanks, Bruce EdelstenSun 27 Dec 2009 19:17:31

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