first of all I´d like to express my thankfulness for this forum, I´m new to it and to hobie-sailing (I live in Sardinia/Italy and have just bought a very old 14 Turbo) and I´ve been rummaging through all these pages for two days and have already found a lot of helping hints, thank you all so much.
But here are a few questions that still remain
1: Git Rot)
Both hulls are deleminated in front of the mast (rear part of bow just before tramp), each area approx. the size of what would be covered by two hands (20 x 6 inches? sorry, I normally measure in cm). When I press down the fiberglass, it goes down easily approx. 1cm (0.4 inches?), no crunchy sounds, no apparent leaks, but very soft.
I know I shouldn´t sail now and have read what is said in this forum about repair and found a shop where they sell Git Rot to Europe. My question:
a) Will this kind of repair work for an area this size and state of delimination?
b) How much Git Rot will I need, 1 pint? 1 quarter? (it is expensive and probably takes some time to be shipped, so I had better known). I have read the post of the guy who used about 32 oz for similar areas, but Matt seemed to disagree?
c) anything else I could do about those soft "spots" (and how?)
2: main halyard)
When I set my main sail, I cannot fix it the normal way because the halyard has been changed an has no ball and there is no stopper (don´t know the exact word) on the mast. I fix it the way all normal sails are fixed by using one of the cleats.
Might this in any way cause problems?
I read somewhere that one should downhaul the main sail a lot in LIGHT winds (???).
Now I´m not sure if I got it right what the downhaul is, I suppose it is the ring in the lower end of the main sail (which on a yacht is called 'cunningham') and if you pull it down it is good for flattening the sail in STRONG winds. Can anybody help?
4. mast rake and shrouds)
I found a lot of advice here for a hobie 14, but mine is a 14 Turbo -
a) how much mast rake would you advise - at the moment there is nearly zero (my weight: 95 kg/210 lbs, choppy water)
b) any changes for the rudder?
c) shrouds tight or loose - and how much
Thanks in advance