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Re: Sailstar Tallstar HID#00953 restoration
Hi Saving Old Boats -- I have a Tallstar, also (01284), no idea about its history -- bill of sale was hand-scratched on a scrap of notepaper. It has been in dry storage, which creates a different set of issues from wet storage, but maybe you can help me with my scupper problem?
There was a metal flap over a large, possibly after-market oval-ish hole in the transom, just above the water line. The metal flap had some kind of black rubber pad glued to the back of it. The rubber pad has rotted and the glue dried up, so that's the end of that system. I've taken it to a couple boat shops now, and they've not seen anything like it. I wonder whether your boat has this setup?
If you have a replacement option, I'm all ears. I tried cutting out a piece of neoprene and putting that on the back of the metal plate, but it totally did not work -- although it held tight to the hull (thanks to a somewhat ridiculous spring system inside the boat), water seemed to flow pretty freely through the neoprene. I either need a different pad material, or a completely different setup.
Any insight you can share would be most appreciated!!