Rigging Disaster Averted. The Little Things Matter.

The anchor platform on Cay of Sea is starting to look gnarly, with faded and checking varnish. This has been on my “do” list since spring time, but I haven’t taken the time to refresh the varnish until today. Good thing I did. Check out these photos:

Split drum pin on Sea of Cay sailboat
See the split pin under the furling drum? It has almost worked its way out of the clevis.
Split pin under furling drum
Here’s a different view of the pin that locks the furling drum in place. It’s nearly out of the hole.

Several things are evident: 1) I must not have bent the legs of the pin sufficiently last time I had the forestay off, and 2) a regular routine of rig inspection would have caught the unbent legs long ago.

Close inspection of the clevis pin showed that it was working out of the hole, and the split pin was no longer protruding from the exit side of the pin hole. It was almost out. An hour of blustery sailing without the split pin would easily work the clevis out of the tang and stem head chainplate, and then I would be in big trouble.

This is a good argument for circular retainers in clevis pins. Think I’ll go buy a box. Soon. The side benefit of circular pins is they don’t catch on clothing, skin, sails, line, etc., and don’t require rigging tape to cover up the sharp edges.

Yeah. . . Think I’ll go get some tomorrow. And I’m going to start checking my rig monthly.

Oh – the anchor platform looks great now too!

Repaired pin under furling drum
Now it won’t come out
Anchor platform before new varnish
Anchor platform before new varnish
Anchor platform after new varnish
After new varnish

Rick Bailey

Rick Bailey sails the Chesapeake Bay with his wife, Ruth, on a Watkins 27 coastal cruiser. Rick is retired and writes the “middlebaysailing” blog (http://middlebaysailing.wordpress.com).

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