Last Chance ... A Two Year Journey

Leaving the Great Lakes for a Caribbean/Pacific adventure

19 November 2018 | Hanover Park, IL
21 October 2018 | Larsen Marine
16 September 2018 | Northwestern Memorial Hospital
24 August 2018 | Waukegan Harbor
20 August 2018 | Racine to Port Sheldon and back
16 August 2018 | Racine Yacht Club
28 July 2018 | Waukegan
24 July 2018 | Racine, WI
22 July 2018 | Racine, then back to Waukegan
19 July 2018 | Reefpoint Marina in Racine, WI
16 July 2018 | Waukegan
02 July 2018 | Waukegan
30 June 2018 | South Haven, MI
23 June 2018 | Off Waukegan
21 June 2018 | Waukegan Harbor
15 June 2018 | Larsen Marine/Waukegan Harbor
09 June 2018 | Larsen Marine, Friendship Village
06 June 2018 | Larsen Marine, Waukegan, IL
31 May 2018 | Larsen Marine, Waukegan, IL
26 May 2018 | Waukegan, IL

Mastless in St Augustine

17 May 2018 | Camachee Yacht Yard in Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor
Hot morning, rainy afternoon.
The large crane with riggers came today. First up was a beamy 48 footer with a three spreader mast. The mast was heavier than they guessed, so they thought the mast was stuck when it really just needed more oomph from the crane. The crane was capable of wrecking the boat, so they didn’t want to just apply brute force if something was stuck.

Then it was my turn. I didn’t anticipate any issues since my mast had just come out for the Erie Canal. But just being around salt water was enough to seize my mast to the mast step on the keel. You know there’s a problem when you lift the mast and the boat comes up with it. So anything you want to undo later needs to be greased, or lubed in some way, or it could corrode shut. Riggers and others recommend lanolin. At West Marine, I found Forespar Lanocote Corrosion Inhibitor. My turnbuckles and mast bottom and step will get coated the next time I step the mast. I will do it in fresh water - I think it is required in salt water.

Next up is to remove things from the mast - like the shrouds, instruments and spreaders. Mornings seem drier than afternoons, so tomorrow morning I will attack that. I did some work today, so I have a little head start on it.
Vessel Name: Last Chance
Vessel Make/Model: Islander 36 (1979)
Hailing Port: Waukegan, Illinois
Last Chance's Photos - Main
3 Photos
Created 22 July 2018
18 Photos
Created 8 April 2018
31 Photos
Created 22 January 2018
Traveling down the Chesapeake and the East Coast
53 Photos
Created 11 September 2017
Erie Canal and Hudson River
33 Photos
Created 18 August 2017
Great Lakes part of the journey.
45 Photos
Created 15 July 2017
Boat prep and races prior to departure
12 Photos
Created 14 June 2017