This weekend was not exactly the most welcoming for boat work.  The temperatures were a moderate 50F but everything was wet.  There was some sort of pseudo fog created by the loads of mist in the air.  But this alone could not stop at least some work from being done on the boat.  Its been a long time since we were on the hard and I cannot afford to squander the precious time we have left.   So I set my sights on the boomkin.

The back of the boat is really the final piece of major rigging that is left to be replaced.  It also has a ton of stuff “stacked” ontop of it.  As with most things related to boating, removing one piece requires moving piece after piece after piece.   In the beginning:

The boomkin before

Notice that the wind generator tower and whatnot are ontop of the boomkin and the windvane is actually mounted to it.
boomkin wind generator

The first and easiest part of the disassembly was taking down the wind tower and the other smaller tower that never seemed to have any real purpose except to hold up a GPS.
boomkin wind generator off

These came apart easily.  Next I disconnected the stays.  The backstay was lashed to the mast and the running back stays were brought on as a safety precaution.  With the mast still secure it was time to really start the tear down.  First we removed the windvane which was bolted to the boomkins.  These carriage bolts were heavily corroded and the caps snapped right off as I pulled them up.  I cannot suggest carriage bolts here, I think they were a poor choice. 

Broken bolts for the windvane

Strangely, though the windvane was bolted with carriage bolts, the winch that was on the boomkin WAS properly through bolted and it was a real paint to get off.  The other bolts holding those boomkins onto the deck were more of the standard carriage bolts.
ubolting a winch

Unfortunately some of the bolts snapped when we began turning the backing nuts, but I was unable to remove them easily one way or the other, so I just decided to do what I do best, cut everything.
took a sawsall to the boomkin

And with that the boomkin was free!
Tate lifting off boomkin
The boomkin off

To get that sucker down I had to rig a line through the boom and bring it to the mast winch.  I had Dani on the winch while I helped guide it down to the ground.  I believe the wood of the boomkin is lignue vitae.  It is VERY heavy.  I mean to the point that I was shocked at the weight of this piece.   And despite its age it was in very good shape, the wood held up a lot better than the metal that was attached to it.  I believe that we’ll reuse this some place else in the boat.

And so finally, a very rare sight to see… Sundowner, naked.
Boomkin area after, naked.

Cheeky girl.