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Dirtboy 11-15-2009 10:24 AM

The admiral said it wouldn't work; It did!
 
We bought our Morgan Tiger Cub in February and something's been bugging us since day one. The windvane at the top of the mast was bent back:

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/o...hewayitwas.jpg

It just didn't look right and prolly wasn't all that consistant at that angle. I don't have the ability to get up there to fix it and I've been thinking of ways to strighten it from the deck. Today I decided to give my best idea a try. I had an old spreader lying around:

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/o...yingaround.jpg

Drilled a few holes:

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/o...dafewholes.jpg

And then fastened it to the backstay. I used the main halyard (tied the bitter end to the bottom of the old spreader to form a continous loop) and ran it up the backstay:

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/o...tobackstay.jpg

It just touched the bottom of the windvane, that was the first failure:

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/o...rstfailure.jpg

So I drilled another hole, lower on the old spreader. It pushed the windvane up a little but it seemed to spring almost all the way back, that was the second failure:

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/o...ondfailure.jpg

So I drilled another hole, even lower on the old spreader. It pushed the windvane up and I tried to compensate for the "spring back" effect. Well, it didn't spring back now it was too high, third failue:

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/o...er-the-top.jpg

So, I made a little "hook" with a bolt:

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/o...H-Quickfix.jpg

Ran it up the backstay one more time, success:

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/o.../I-Success.jpg

Now the boat looks great and the best part: The admiral admitted I'm a freakin genius

Next day!

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/o...b/DSC02173.jpg

Fat-assed bird!

DB

deniseO30 11-15-2009 10:26 AM

the things we do so we don't have to go aloft! Your just the McGiver of rigging repairs DB!

swimnfit 11-15-2009 11:04 AM

I have always considered myself to be pretty good at "Macgyvering" things. But you sir..... are a master! :laugher :thewave:
Well Done!!

cb32863 11-15-2009 11:18 AM

That was awesome, well done!!

mgmhead 11-15-2009 11:21 AM

Well Done! A little ingenutity and great persistence pays off. The reward being double sweet if you actually fixed your boat and the Admiral was impressed. Can't do much better than that.

Take the rest of the day off.

sailingdog 11-15-2009 11:38 AM

Nicely done Dirtboy. :)

bubb2 11-15-2009 11:39 AM

Excellent!!!!!!!!!

If you could figure out how to pull down a skyed halyard that way you got something you could market.

Dirtboy 11-15-2009 05:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bubb2 (Post 542119)
Excellent!!!!!!!!!

If you could figure out how to pull down a skyed halyard that way you got something to you could market.

Guess I could get another one of these:

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/o.../SuzzaMonk.jpg

BTW, this was our "rescue monkey," she had been a research animal. We got her when she was 12 and she lived with us for over 20 years until she passed away. If you look real close you can see the crude tattoo on her chest ...... she was number 49.

Thank's for the positive comments, everyone.

DB

Stillraining 11-15-2009 06:17 PM

Well done....Now Mr McGyver Sir... please show me how to do that on my split backstay..:)

arf145 11-15-2009 11:36 PM

I give you genius points for the continuous loop thing, for sure! Shoot, I give you genius points for having a way to retrieve. I might have gotten all excited about my great idea and sent it up there with no way back :rolleyes:

Nice one!


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