Posts Tagged with ‘Mast’
18 May 2014
Just a quick video that pretty much sums up an excellent weekend of sailing…
Congrats to Amanda who on her very first sailboat trip helmed the boat very well! And to Dani who managed not to fall off the mast.
10 Feb 2014
Today was a big day for us. A day that I literally had dreams about. Mast stepping day.
Last week we tried to step the mast but due to high winds we had to cancel. The crane operator and I both thought it too much for the delicate operation of slipping the tabernacle onto the wire pipe and then aligning the four holes perfectly. But today the weather man was predicting little to no wind but some rain. Rain doesn’t bother me too much so I said all systems go, and the yard agreed!
02 Feb 2014
Well. As with so many things that are projects on old boats, its scary to ever use the word complete. So the mast refit is maybe complete. Or at least its theoretically better than it was before. Who can say?
This weekend I started off by replacing the upper tang compression tube. You may say, but Tate, you just did that. Yes it is true, but I didn’t like the slop in it. So I bought a slightly bigger and thicker walled tube to put through the mast and put it in.
I also went ahead an […]
20 Jan 2014
Hello blog, its been a while! Finally after so many rain drenched weekends the skies cleared and we had just gorgeous weather the past few days. Good thing too cause we were busy busy.
Tate put the mast sheaves back in and installed our new spinnaker bail. We are still in debate about which light air sail to go with but in any event the bail will give us flexibility with an extra halyard.
We met our mast maker, Lefiell, and for a surprisingly low “marine cost” we went ahead and had […]
12 Jan 2014
This weekend came with its own little set of challenges but one of them was not the weather. We made use of clear skies and moderate temperatures to get a few things checked off the list.
With the mast down the first thing I wanted to “really” check out was the mast compression post and setup. On the Westsail 32 there is a beam that runs over the bilge and on top of this beam is a post that goes up to the deck, supporting the mast. Problems have occurred over the years with this […]
05 Jan 2014
With the mast down it was time to address everything we can about it. The findings were not what we had hoped but perhaps what should have been expected. Massive corrosion and parts that had been worn far out of their given tolerances. Some of these findings have provoked changes in mindset about certain pieces of kit we intend to bring on board for our cruising.
Lets start at the top.
Here we have the mast head. The very top, which usually sits roughly 50ft above the water. We have a […]
03 Jan 2014
Today we pulled the stick. Came down without too many issues.
The most interesting part of the whole process was what turned up under the tabernacle base of the mast. Some sort of gooey orange/red colored stuff. Perhaps it has been replaced in the past and it isn’t really rotted. Time will tell when I drill the pilot holes this weekend.
Sorry to report, but we had some commenting issues on the previous post. (This is actually Tate’s post)
17 Jul 2013
So this spring and summer we’ve been steadily plugging away at items on our long todo list. We’ve accomplished a lot. The bowsprit and most of the standing rigging is replaced and a great many leaks have been stopped. But boat refits always turn up some unexpected stuff that you have to deal with and that time has once again fallen up us.
Last week Dani pulled down the headliner in the head area which is directly under the mast compression post and noticed there was rotten wood […]