|At what I estimate is about 220 kilos, this is always a group effort to remove from the mast rack.|
|It's raining today, so Mrs. Alchemy and I will do the stays and shrouds and untangling tomorrow|
|I was gratified to realize this was a near-perfect fit.|
|Port side, reporting! (That rust is from grinding, not deck corrosion...). The whole boat needs a good wash after winter.|
Speaking of nice, the new transverse exhaust installation is, to my deep satisfaction, working properly (and the boat isn't filling up with stinky water, either). The exhaust "note" has changed slightly, which I'm guessing is a function of the reduced back pressure. I am thinking of putting in an exhaust gas temperature unit with an alarm to warn me if I'm seeing the higher exhaust gas temperatures that would suggest, indirectly and without actually peering over the side, reduced cooling water flow (or that I've sucked a plastic bag into the circuit or thrown a couple of vanes from the impeller). Such a device can also provide data about how hard the engine is working with a given prop pitch, which, having a VariProp, I can remedy in the water. But for now, I am content with the winter's labours.
Motoring on a heel will tell me more, of course, but for that, I'll need the mast in. Watch this space.
|...and the starboard exhaust is exhausting nicely, too.|