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What is the most important sailboat hardware?

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I would say beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most important sailboat hardware has to be the thru-hulls. If a thru-hull, clamp or connecting hose fails, you'll be on the bottom pretty quickly.

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If you are looking to sail with comfort, safety or performance you may have to put together not only the wind, the ocean, the sails but your sailboat hardware.From blocks for proper sail trim to furling units for easy sail handling. These are examples of some important salling hardware: Bailers, Blocks, Rigging, Winches, Shackles and rope cluches.

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The most important is that stern plug that you must put in EVERY TIME YOU SAIL.
Ahem.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014

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    Steve Jan 11, 2015

    Sorry pie. Sailboats don't have stern plugs.

  • Pie-man
    Pie-man Jan 11, 2015

    No need to apologiz, just tell me what yyou call the little black rubber thing that I plug into the hole in my stern every time I put my boat (a sailboat) into the water.

  • Steve
    Steve Jan 12, 2015

    If you're depending on a "little black plug" to keep your boat from sinking, you're much more brave than I am. I would STRONGLY suggest you install a thru-hull. Carry on.

  • Pie-man
    Pie-man Jan 12, 2015

    Given that my boat - and the thousands others like it - was designed by a very well known sailboat designer (Gordon Douglass) and it was his idea, I think I will be okay and not modify his design.

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    Pie-man Jan 12, 2015

    And when I do a Google search for "stern plug", a picture of the little black rubber thing shows up...

  • Steve
    Steve Jan 12, 2015

    Good luck venturing offshore then. Regards.

  • Pie-man
    Pie-man Jan 12, 2015

    I'm going to have t-shirts made for my sailing team that say, "Sailboats don't have stern plugs." :)

  • Steve
    Steve Jan 12, 2015

    Hope to see you in the Syd-Hob or VOR then. Good luck.

  • Pie-man
    Pie-man Jan 12, 2015

    What size do you wear? I'll save a shirt for you...

  • Pie-man
    Pie-man Jan 12, 2015

    So what do you think Steve, could it be that some sailboats actually do have stern plugs?

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    Pie-man Jan 12, 2015

    http://www.sailingcourse.com/smallboat/i...

  • Steve
    Steve Jan 12, 2015

    Well, I'll be. A dinghy that DOES have a stern plug! Nice catch! I stand corrected. I'm going to have all six of the thru-hulls on my boat removed and replaced with plugs. Thanks so much! Regards.

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    Pie-man Mar 02, 2015

    Buy a seventh and put it in your mouth too :)

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