Looks Naked

Mast removed

Yup, it’s the boat, not me or Syd…

We had the mast taken down this morning, after a rigging inspection about a week ago that found, multiple cracks on our StaLoc and Swages… and after speaking with a few trusted friends and a surveyor that we love and trust and respect, we decided if we wanted to sail safely, it made sense to have it all replaced now.  The good news is, we won’t have to do this for another 15-20 years if we are lucky.  The rigging inspection also confirmed that we had been hit by lightening in our past, let’s hope we are not ever aboard for that experience first hand :).

We also found out that our staysail was not correctly attached to the turnbuckle, which was causing us problems using it – not just a bearing issue…

The chainplates are glassed into the boat, and that’s not a good thing because water will get in and corrode the metal and because they are “fiberglassed” in, there is no oxygen exposure, so… it is likely that they are not in good shape, but we won’t know until we crack the boat open to replace them.

As of now, MackSails – which come highly recommended and have a GREAT reputation, have our mast and are beginning the re-rigging process.  They will begin the chainplate work once we get the “housing” situation resolved, which should be the end of this week.  This means, we will be land lubbers for a week or so, beginning, we think on Friday, we will be staying in a house in Lake Worth, FL during that time.  That’s all for now, we will post another picture in the near future, a view from the dinghy with our naked boat!

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2 Responses

  1. Tony says:

    She’s wearing white, but she still has clothes on.

  2. Capt'n K says:

    Wow guys! You sure do it all right! Glad you had it all inspected and are getting it all replaced! Perfect Partner sure does look strange with her mast down!!! We’ll be replacing our rig when we get back too, but I’m leaning towards synthetic rather than steel. Know any rigger around that uses dyneema?
    Love from Costa Rica!

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