24 July 2009 | Simon's Town
During my leave my roller furler was fitted by the local rigging specialists as well as some general attention to the rigging. Backing plates were replaced. Last Saturday I intended to refit the old staysail which came with the secondhand roller reefing in place of a genoa. The theory behind it is it is a lot smaller sail than the original genny with a higher cut so, will fit into the reefing slot, will also have a higher cut more like a yankee which will improve visibility. It proved to be a mission to fit the sail into the slot and get it raised. It nesessitated two up the mast trips and an hour of heaving and hauling on the halliard. Turns out the swivel at the top of the sail was twisting and making it difficult to move. I was convinced that it was the sail having difficulty in the slot but that wasnt the case. Thanks to my neighbour Marius, who was first up the mast for correctly identifying the problem. Eventually the sail was in place but there are a few residual issues. When I haul in on the roller furler the halliard is twisting around the forestay. I also need to fit the roll up line along the side of the boat through some blocks and eyes, which I hope to complete this Sunday.
The last of my current projects is the problem with my engine cut off. I initially though the problem was switch related but after consulting with Gerry the electrician it appears that there is a small electromechanical switch with a plunger fitted into the fuel injection pump which appears to be faulty. This switch was checked in place and wasnt working and we thought that the plunger may have been seized. After removing the switch the plunger seems to be free (a little too free in my opinion) and I have left it to be checked by the experts. Hopefully it wont require replacement but if so it shouldnt be too bad. Also might need to put a new switch in.