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  1. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Here are my leaking bailers: they are about 5.3" long and 2.6" wide. Can they be rebuilt or replaced?
  2. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    I have had the 470 out several times and raced last Sunday. I fixed the centerboard pivot bolt leak. I wanted to test to see if the bailers were leaking so I duck taped them from underneath before putting in and when we went out the water in the cockpit area was almost nothing compared to...
  3. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Thanks and understood. Very similar to other racing dinghy setups. I have a long tape measure that I attach the main halyard and take measurements.
  4. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Thanks again for all your help. Which tuning guide do you recommend? For mast rake and related?
  5. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Hi, sorry I meant the cockpit area was filling with water (not like sinking filling but just annoying filling) but we did not have the bailers open. It was a slow and steady fill over about and hour but was just enough to make your feet wet. The picture did not have the jib tensioned to rake the...
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    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Not fully done but ready for the water. Sailed her successfully for about an hour in light wind but the deck filled with water slow but surely - the transom plugs were installed and all of the other plugs were installed. I went over the hull from end to end and fixed all defects so no "holes"...
  7. btaylor

    Mid 70s 470

    I found this link that shows the mainsail tack to mast and the tuning method. By chance my 1976 Vanguard 470 came with North Sails mainsail with the elastic type foot. Tips for Adjusting the Bolt Rope on Your 470 Mainsail
  8. btaylor

    Mid 70s 470

    Thanks, I have never seen a tie to the mast method. On my Catalina Capri 14.2, Club Flying Junior (CFJ), Y-Flyer (sold this year), Precision 16 (sold this year) and my MacGregor 26 - they all have a tack attachment method - thanks for the tip. So far I am focused on just the basics: main halyard...
  9. btaylor

    Mid 70s 470

    Hi, I love the red! My 1976 Vanguard 470 sail number 1358 has a weird pumpkin orange gel coat finish but other than that the restoration is coming along. Question: my boom appears to be missing the mainsail tack attachment point. Anyway you could send me a photo of that area? Also a photo of...
  10. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Thanks for all of the insights: so far I have been able to sort out the usual stuff, main halyard, jib halyard, centerboard control lines, traveller control lines, outhaul control line, mainsheet, vang, jib sheets, spinnaker pole line and rudder stuff. All working and not in too bad of shape...
  11. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Thanks for the insight - just enjoy restoring and sailing these old girls and keep them out of the scrap heap for a little longer. By the way, I have a "bent" mast that came with this package. For non-competitive racing the mast could probably be "straightened" using the tried and true methods...
  12. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Thanks!
  13. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Hi, I keep forgetting to ask: this 470 has a 3/4" wide with a small lip "rubber" rub rail that is riveted on. I have looked high and low but cannot find something close. Has anyone has success finding something? Please share your research - thanks
  14. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Thanks, I was sailing a Y-Flyer this year (1976 vintage) and it is very similar method for rig tension - forestay is more of a safety line, side shrouds are "loose" and the "magic box" using the jib halyard is how the standing rigging gets tensioned. Mast rake could be adjusted on the fly via...
  15. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Thanks! I would have not guessed that. Here is a picture of my friend in the sail association from way back when . . . . he will be coming over and helping me rig and tune.
  16. btaylor

    Restoring an 1976 Vanguard Intl. 470

    Hi, question: anyone know if it is possible to find out the original sail number? I won't be sailing in any regattas with this old girl so my project is just for the fun of sailing her. Back story: bought two hulls (the other hull appears to be pre HIN so that means pre 1972), two masts (one is...
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