Middle Bay Sailing blogger, Rick Bailey, found a problem high up on his mast and he’s planning how to attack the situation. Basically, he has to haul himself up the mast:
I spent an hour today figuring out exactly what I’m going to do up there, organizing supplies, tools, and procedures.
Order of Work
- At spreaders:re-slot cap shrouds and wire/seize in place
- install spreader boots
1. At Steaming/Deck Light
- Replace bulbs and test while aloft
2. At masthead
- Attach new blocks, tape shackles/circular retaining pins
- Rove new line through blocks.
- Use one new line as temporary headstay
- Attach other new halyard to harness as safety line (another deck helper tends this line)
- un-attach old spin halyard
- un-attach furler/headstay and lower to deck
- Check fit of old (original) stay to hardware for match
- pin size conflict at stemhead leaves doubt that masthead hardware matches
- Visually inspect all fittings
3. Descend to spreaders and inspect all fittings.
Un-attached furler from stemhead, and secured to rail. Attached old spin halyard to bow pulpit for temporary headstay.
Rick Bailey’s story continues in the next post. To see how he got to this point, check out his previous posts.