Well, this has been some time coming. Alchemy's mast is in. Even the gods got in on the act.
|I'm on a club team called "the Mooring Committee", and many of them kindly showed up to make short work of the turnbuckles and lines. Photo (c) Malcolm Kirk|
|It doesn't take a village to raise a mast, but about eight guys makes it pretty efficient. Photo (c) Malcolm Kirk|
This required requesting my club's staff to move some trailered boats from in front of the mast racks, on which our poor neglected spar has been laying, Lazarus-like, for years awaiting the miracle of completed boat jobs.
|Note to self: Don't shoot with Lanacote on fingers.|
|Spreaders add another 20 kilos.|
|A little loop of wire keeps the shroud in place until it's tensioned.|
|Another view: Normally, these "keeper" wires at the spreader ends would be taped or "booted", but I don't intend to do much heavy weather sailing over the next two months, just to reacquaint myself with her characteristics.|
|How the semi-senile skipper keeps 11 stays and shrouds straight.|
The halyards I got at a bulk discount. Basically, I bought 80% of a reel of the stuff. I wanted Dyneema core for strength and its low-stretch characteristics, which I favour in halyards, and the Dacron cover for UV protection and "hand feel". It's the same size (1/2") as the stock Dacron line it replaces.
|And it's pretty by virtue of being clean.|
|Why, yes, the tight angles of that Windex are pretty optimistic, but a skipper can dream.|
|Whip it good.|
|What tangles that remain I'll solve tomorrow.|