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Old 03-10-2011, 16:02   #1
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Need Help With Gunwale On 14 ft Dinghy

I am going to restore an older 420 and I am not sure what the holes are for on the port and starboard gunwales. I have never used a trapeze before and I am guessing they are for that. I intend to replace the wood trim on the gunwales but I need to find the purpose for the holes and cutaway on the trim bumper. I have included photos. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:43   #2
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Re: Need Help With Gunwale On 14 ft Dinghy

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, jimnorwood.
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Old 04-10-2011, 11:09   #3
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Re: Need Help With Gunwale On 14 ft Dinghy

Welcome to the forum jimnorwood...
When I take a close look at the picture on the right, the holes don't seem to be uniformly placed...makes me think they may be done "after market"
Sorry mate...no idea what they could be for.
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Re: Need Help With Gunwale On 14 ft Dinghy

Probably adjustable anchoring spots for the trapeze-return shock cords.
On the Tornado the shock cords go thru the forward beam and were sometimes difficult to grab if you were on the aft- retainer.
Pretty sure you are correct.
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Re: Need Help With Gunwale On 14 ft Dinghy

Recommend you locate currently operative 420s and get a look at them so you can see what these are for and how the trapeze arrangement attaches. You might also try on line, but hands on is always a good idea even with diagrams in hand. Have fun. Nothing half so worth doing ....
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Re: Need Help With Gunwale On 14 ft Dinghy

These holes might have been used for threading a line into an helix, to prevent the crew's feet from skidding on the gunwale when he hangs to the trapeze. I have seen this arrangement before.

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Re: Need Help With Gunwale On 14 ft Dinghy

Thanks for all your help. I think I have figured it out. I have not been able to locate any 420's this old but looking at newer ones, I think because these holes are uniform (1.25 inches apart) a rubber molding was designed to fit in all these holes to be used as a non slip grip for the "trapezer's" feet.
By the way. Thanks for the welcome. I will probably have more question. as I have not sailed a boat this small or this reactive. Thanks again.
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