10 years, 65,000 miles, 3 boats, Atlantic 42 catamaran, South Pacific, Alaska, Panama canal, over 3200 posts and way more photos
Sunday, August 07, 2005
Removing the mast
Removing the mast to replace the standing rigging, add a solent stay and install a trys'l track. I was privileged to work along side the rigging apprentice Sean throughout the project and regularly peppered the master rigger Brion Toss with endless questions. Through out the three week plus project I lived aboard La Vie in the snug Port Hudson Bay Marina located in Port Townsend, WA.
Monday, August 01, 2005
A family of otters lives at the Port Hudson Maria and frequently would haul out for some sun bathing. The smaller otter on the right was a juvenile and was very frisky biting and wrestling with his mother on left non stop.
The mast is removed while the boat is in the water and a rented boom truck pulls up to the dock and pulls the mast out of the boat and lays in on the dock. Once on the dock it goes on a cart to the mast yard for storage and work. I spent about a week in the gravel mast yard replacing every fastener and electrical wire. New wind interments, navigation lights, deck light and radar were installed as well as a metal track for the Trys'l ( a storm sail with independent track for raising) that required I drill, tap and install about 150 fasteners.
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