Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Mass. and RI
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Well, I am getting there!
First I had to go through the usual PITA stuff with registration - took three trips to the RMV to register the trailer....there was one typing error on the cert. of origin which screwed up the whole deal.
Now I am making sure I know how to rig it before I take it to the water. Raising the mast was a chore for one person...it will be easier next time. With two people it will be very simple as I can eliminate the rope line I use to pull it up and just use the forestay.
I also came up with an easy solution to mounting a windex - just made a ss bracket and used ss rivets to attach it to the masthead casting. It should hold up better than the plastic bracket which windex sells as a option - because the unit is through bolted with my bracket, but just tightened with a set screw against the shaft with theirs.
So, I sat up on the boat, had a beer, figured out some knots and the main sheet blocks, etc. - too windy to put up the sails yet.
The dog was also put on board and then enjoyed a couple licks afterward.
Next comes bottom painting, which I am going to do myself where she sits.
So, what have I learned so far? Mostly that raising a mast is something which a person should be VERY familiar with doing before attempting to do solo....or even with help! The little tricks, like taping the turnbuckles on the shrouds to make sure they don't get stuck in a horizontal position, are important. It is also important to never put yourself in a position where you can have nowhere to go..... i.e. cannot let go or else face danger, etc.
It's trickier than I thought - the first time. The mast definitely would want to swing off to the side if not properly supported.
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