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    Posted: 17 November 2010 at 13:33
As a very new owner to a very old Hornet, please forgive me if i ask a few basic questions! Having never owned anything like this before, im  little green to say the least!
 
So, as for know i will be keeping the "plank" untill i have got used to the dinghy. But it don't seem to slide very well. Now when i bought the dinghy, i did find an old candle in the cockpit, is this what is used to help the plank slide? or has someone just been a little careless with a candle?
 
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Mark,
 
Candle wax is the best option I have found. Whatever you do dont pro lube it or allow it to run to freely as you need some friction to help keep it in place.
Many years ago when I crewed for my brother I complained that the plank was to stiff so he greased it up with something. It was wonderful to move but when I move my weight of the plank when out on the end it slid away from under me. I dropped in to windward and the plank became a very effective brake to leeward. It wasnt the fastes way up the beatConfused
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Thanks Roger,
 
I assume it is just rubbing the candle against the wood work?
 
I assume after your incident with grease you had some srious words with your brother?
 
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Yes just turn the candle on its side and rub it along the bridge and all contact parts. In this colder weather you may need to warm it a bit.
 
I am sure others have different methods of lubrication
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Thanks Roger!
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Alcohol is a good method of lubricating the crew, thus a plank no longer being a challenge for them!
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Originally posted by Jono Jono wrote:

Alcohol is a good method of lubricating the crew, thus a plank no longer being a challenge for them!
I find its good for the helm too, they will believe anything you tell them after a few pints!
 
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