Measure Twice (Ten Times?), Cut Once!
05 May 2010 | Monfalcone, Italy boatyard
We repeated old adages like the carpenters' "measure twice, cut once", "a picture's worth a thousand words" and even Yogi Berra's "you can observe a lot by looking around" over and over this week as we prepared our final request for our rigging order with ACMO, the French company that provided the original gear to Amel. In fact, we counted 6 different spreadsheets and at least as many trips up and down the mast only to have conflicting results when we compared our shroud length measurements with Acmo's quote. How frustrating! And it wasn't a Franglish problem ... we differed by 200-300 mm - that's like a foot! But then, after hours of hoisting, measuring, counting threads, etc. we looked ever so closely at some small numbers etched on the swaged studs, 16350 was that exact length we needed and, after we emailed a photo of an 'etching', Acmo finally concurred! The order has now been submitted and we'll start our one-by-one rigging replacement starting (hopefully) May 21st.
Top right photo shows Craig removing the triactic (that runs from the top of the main mast to the mizzen) - one down and 18 to go!