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New guy intro/new boat questions

Hey guys,

This is my first post, so I guess I'll introduce myself.

I'm 16 years old, from Central Mass/Winnipesaukee, NH, and am a member/instructor at a sailing club on a small lake. I sail/race Lasers, JY 15s, 420s, Force 5, etc.

I came across a Tempest the club has had sitting out back for about a year. They asked me if I want to buy it (at a STEAL). However, I dont know too much about Tempests. All I really know is its 22 foot doublehanded keelboat. I guess it's very fast as well.

It comes a trailer, which needs adjusting before it's ready for the road. And the finish on the inside and outside needs to be redone.

I dont have pictures yet, but once I get some I'll post them. I did have a bunch of questions:

-I cant find much other info about these boats online. All I know is it won the 1976 Olympics, and there is a Tempest class in the Olympics now. Does anyone know anything else about them?

-The hull isnt fiberglass, its some kind of softer hull. Can anyone tell me what is is, and how to refinish it? I need LOTS of help with this one. I want the inside to look white as paper and the outside bright bright red (it's really aged as it is, dark dull red)

-The bearings on the trailer are most likely messed up (it's been sitting in the same spot for a year, and has seen MUCH better days). How can I inspect them to find out if they need to be replaced/repacked?

I'm probably going to have LOTS more questions once I get it in my possession.

Thanks!!!

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I know nothing about Tempests, but once you find out what kind of plastic it is, there will be a matching kind of cleaner and polish to use on it. Might be as simple as Armorall. Red paints of all kinds fade borribly in direct sunlight, there may be nothing to do besides make it cleaner and shinier. Resist the temptation to paint it, at least for now, because painting any kind of plastic tends to be a temporary solution at best.

3M makes a great line of plastics compounds, any auto body supply carries them and 3M has toll-free support for all questions. Much cheaper than buying them at a chandlery.

On the bearings, the only way to find out is to pull the wheel, remove the grease cap, and inspect the bearing races by eye. If there is any sign of rust or debris or binding...it's a judgement call whether to bother cleaning and repacking them, or just replacing them. If the wheel spins freely (no grating noises) as it is, they're probably good enough to drive slowly to any nearby shop and let them take a look at the bearings. Normally each wheel has two bearings (inner and outer) and you'd replace both if you replace either.

If they were kept dry (not backed down the ramp into water) the bearings might be perfectly good. Submerging the bearings, at all, is the best way to ruin them, unless you dry them out and regrease them very shortly afterwards. (There's a gizmo called a "bearing buddy" that's supposed to help with that problem.)
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