15 May 2017 | st marys, ga
Capn Andy/Warm Spring
With the topsides painting completed work could commence on the rig. The chainplates were reattached to the hulls and now fittings for the stays had to be sussed out. The lashings of the past will be no more, I will be going back to turnbuckles with only lashings on one upper shroud to isolate it from the rest of the rig for use as a SSB antenna. The other upper shroud has an eye pinned to a tang on the mast and the other end is an eye shackled directly to the chainplate with a long D shackle. The lower shrouds are already pinned to the mast and the lower ends will be cut to fit and terminated with swageless forks by Blue Wave of Denmark. Each lower will get a turnbuckle with toggles and pins to attach to the chainplates and the swageless forks. The running backstays will be as before, pinned to the mast and terminated in 6;1 purchase shackled to their chainplates. Up forward the new headstay is increased to 3/8“, pinned to a Y shaped pair of tangs on the mast and terminated with a Norseman swageless stud that fits a turnbuckle which is pinned by a large shackle’s pin. The large bow shackle holds the two inboard eyes of the bridle, of 3/8“ wire, and the outboard ends are shackled to tangs on the bow crosstube fittings. The inner forestay remains at 3/8“, pinned to Y shaped pair of tangs on the mast and terminated at the bottom by a ;Blue Wave swageless fork which is pinned to a large turnbuckle which is pinned to the inner forestay bridle which is 1/2“ stainless rod which is backed by nylock nuts in the ends of the bow crosstube and the inner ends terminate in a heavy stainless fitting again with nylock nuts, and the fitting provides an eye for the adjusting turnbuckle.
The old rig had the staysail tacked to an eye at the center of beam #1 and the sail overlapped the main. Now it will be tacked forward at the bow crosstube and will be club footed with the club boom sheeted to a short traveler just in front of the #2 beam, with a traveler car that will make this sail self tending. The old RF genoa topsail will be replaced with a yankee topsail hanked on, or a large genoa for light airs, also hanked on. No more roller furler. It is expected to not cause a great deal of extra foredeck work while sailing, just the difference of hoisting a sail rather than rolling it out.
The photo is of the trawler that dwarfs Kaimu.