The Tides Track System I purchased over the winter went onto the mast a few days ago, and the new main is waitng aboard to go on it the first day it isn't blowing a hooley.
|It's actually a literally slick piece of kit.|
Alchemy's Selden mast is heavier than most, because it's specified for an ocean-going motorsailer. I estimate the weight of the mast and the 11 stays (jib, staysail, four lowers, four uppers and two afts) is between 200 and 300 kilos. Usually, I get four or five men to help me deadlift it onto a mast dolly cart maneuvered by the missus, and it's difficult for me alone to rotate it once it's on four sawhorses. Nonetheless, this is invariably part of the preparation, as the many halyards and hoists and stays have to be secured on the right side of the spreaders if angst and shouting are to be avoided when it's hanging from a hook above the tabernacle.
|The VHF connector came apart in my hand, so onsite soldering and heatshrinking was required.|
|The new mast crane, dubbed "the shuttle" is small but up to the task, evidently. Watch yer balls.|
|Further tensioning would follow by me back at the dock. The point is to make it good enough to avoid toppling.|
|Looks like a proper boat again.|
|Still a few tweaks necessary, but things are looking good.|