Posts Tagged with ‘Standing Rigging’
24 Oct 2014
Some of you may remember that our Monitor Windvane bit the dust this year. I had mentioned that we’d be installing a new Monitor to replace the old one. The decision to go back with a Monitor Windvane was not taken lightly. Since we had changed so much of the back of the boat with the new boomkin and parts we had the freedom to pick whatever type of self steering gear we might want, but we decided to keep with the Scanmar Monitor Windvane.
After speaking to Scanmar on the phone, they offer […]
06 May 2014
Some of you may remember our Monitor Windvane from previous posts where we spoke about learning how to use it and how well it was able to steer the boat.
Well we had stripped it off of the back of the boat when we rebuilt the boomkin and it had just sort of been lurking around. First it rode around in the back of my truck for a while and then after that it found a home on the back table. But finally, last weekend we got to it. We collected a big box of spare parts and bought a new set of he […]
06 Jul 2013
So the never ending and forever taking rigging project moves forward. I feel like its a government project at this point. You know what they say about the wheels of bureaucracy… They turn slowly, but they turn.
Dani wanted to drag me to the boat on the 4th to do some work but I was adamant about staying home and doing a whole lot of nothing. I had seen the weather report forecasted a cool front moving through on Friday and so I was firm in my resolve to let that sucker come and cool […]
18 May 2013
Have I mentioned lately that the heat has returned to Louisiana? It wasn’t that bad a scorcher but you can tell that it is coming. Being in the direct sun is a challenge again. But fear not faithful readers, we were not deterred. Oh no, today we were going to replace the headstay. Or at least I was going to try to replace it while Dani sands teak. That may sound strange. It is sort of strange.
You know. There you are at the top of the mast working diligently, secure in the […]
07 Apr 2013
Today was the final day of chainplate drama (hopefully). We went out to Sundowner expecting to get underway installing the final chainplates. It would be a total breeze because… We’ll we’ve done the other five right? Well as with all things related to boats there is always a snag lurking.
The port side upper chainplate holes didn’t line up perfectly. The bottom most hole caused the bolt to angle such that the square part of the carriage bolt wouldn’t slide i […]
07 Apr 2013
Today was quite a day.
At some point around 0900 I was woken up by my wife in a panic. She was saying “Tate, Tate! The bed is tilted!” And she was on the floor snooping around the edge of the bed low and near the ground in a sort of crouch. I have no idea what she was doing down there as the bed felt fine to me. “Its going to collapse!” She is prone to waking up in these half dream states where she decides something crazy is going on. So I tried to pull the […]
16 Mar 2013
Today was install the lowers day.
First step. Eat a big breakfast. Second step. Go up the mast.
It took a while up there to get gobs of ancient rigging tape removed. I mean, I was impressed. There must have been at least two whole rolls of rigging tape around the pins. How do I know it was two rolls? One roll was black and the second roll was white. Or maybe it was just some sort of fashion statement. I don’t know. But it served a serious warning to me… Tape tape tap […]
11 Mar 2013
In a fit of overzealous rage… Or maybe its just that daylight savings time has kicked in… Dani and I decided to start our weeknight boat work. So we soldiered out into the chilly breezing night to finish the little project that is now underway – that being the lower chainplates.
I unwrapped the plates one by one and applied a generous smattering of 4200 around the square holes before pressing to the hull and then inserting the bolts through the caulk that was squishing ou […]
10 Mar 2013
This weekend we finally get to the part of this blog where we actually involve chainplates! Yes. The old chainplates are finally coming off. Interestingly enough they are doubled up. I suspect at the last time they were changed that someone just put the old chainplates ontop of the new thinking two is better than one. So for the six spots we have side stay chainplates, we actually have 12 pieces of metal. The Dirty Dozen.
The work started with removal of some bronze long plates that […]
17 Feb 2013
Now that the bowsprit is on, it looked about time to get the tired old bobstay replaced. Tired? You may be wondering what makes it so tired. Perhaps it is the cracks showing through the turnbuckle forks, or maybe its the rust stains seeping out of the Sta-lok fitting. I don’t know, but it just seemed time to replace it.
The first thing we did today was set up the dink so I could get down there and work at the water line. I pulled the lower clevis pin and then took the front of t […]