Well I thought I was on the home stretch toward launching when I finished the cutlass bearing from hell. All I had to do was drop the rig, do an inspection, replace all the lights, mount the new wind sensor and antenna. One good day in the yard and off I'd go!
Not so fast. I've had this boat since '08 and this is the first time I've dropped the mast, though I did have a local yard inspect the rig three summers ago using a high reach (they pronounced everything good).
When we got the rig on the ground the first thing I noticed was the masthead light was toast from UV (I expected that), same with the lens on the steaming light (no problem ordering a new lens). Then I started looking at the rigging...not good.
Evidently somewhere along the line there was a furler jam that started to unwind the wire in the forestay. I'm pretty careful about not forcing anything, which has me wondering how long it's been this way and did the other yard miss this when they did the inspection? The surveyor in '08 didn't go up the rig.
When I think about some of the winds we were sailing in last season I get a sinking feeling in my stomach.
I allowed myself to put this job off the past two seasons because the yard where I stored for the winter wasn't equipped to take down the mast.
So here's the question. For those of you who don't take the mast down every winter how often do you pull your rig for an inspection? What's prudent vs. overkill?