1982 Skye 51
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Somewhere between NZ and the Chesapeake Bay
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after spending 8 hours in the bosun's chair yesterday, i have managed to completely rewire my mast. I began thinking about rugosa's post and I do want to do it right but after talking to some folks about unstepping the mast here, i was less and less keen on the idea. the BEST solution i could find was a guy whose friend works at the commercial port here. he said that if i went and anchored off the costanera, i could wait for a ship to leave and that would give about a 2-hour window to unstep with the crane. aside from being rushed, there was nowhere to put the mast afterward--it would have to be lashed to a boat trailer and hauled down the road to my contact's back yard for service. the idea of hauling a 70' mast horizontally down Chilean roads was too scary. the reverse applied to restepping. other solutions got REALLY frightening. also, none of the ,marinas here were capable/willing.
I have been planning to unstep the mast and replace the furler in New Zealand anyway, so i decided to fix the problem until then (maybe one year off) and go from there. Buty once I got into the project it went smoother than anticipated. I was able to raise the tube and secure it at the top with some pop rivets and I proceeded down from there. It took a long time but was not as difficult as anticipated. I used my hook and probe set to hold the aluminum tube from the spare hole while I riveted the other hole.
once in pl;ace, fishing the wires through was no problem and took a very short while. only problem there was that yesterday was when all the fishing boats returned from their trips and they do not slow down for someone up the mast.
in all, a much better short-term fix than running wires up with the halyards but i will still remove and replace the tube when we reach NZ. thanks for all the comments.
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