Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Everett, WA
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Went up the mast :-(
Report of my first mast accent on Traveler
. Using the Mast Climber
was easy and fun (I'm still nimble and light, 160lbs). Fantastic view of the Everett harbor at 1900 on a beautiful sunny, warm day.
Lubed and got the anemometer cups moving (temp fix I know, but the replacement cost for this old analog stuff is prohibitive
). Saw more corrosion blisters than I hoped I would. But the biggest bummer was finding the topping lift and main halyard sheaves were basically corroded in place, i.e. not turning. The worst find however was the sheaves and their axels are part of the masthead fitting that plugs into the top of the mast, in other words the sheaves are not servicebale unless the masthead fitting comes out. I'm thinking the only way out of this one is to de-mast the boat and work on it on the ground.
Boy, what to do? The boat is coming out for a new bottom job next May. I know it's not optimum performance, but was thinking about sailing it anyway, keeping an eye on the halyard for wear. Take the mast off in May and refurb the masthead area complete.
The first owner was also some sort of racing nut and chopped off 1' of spreader. Anyone ever heard of doing that? Think I ought to replace them to OEM?
Allmand Sail 31 #15 "Traveler"
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