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.