Category «Masts»

Another Grab Bag Weekend

Lots of little things done… no major tasks finished… Engine Exhaust Port With the steering gear and supporting framing installed, I was able to spot the engine exhaust port. With the boat being a center cockpit design, and the engine more amidships, finding the space to route the exhaust aft can be difficult. I have …

Canadian Silver

The mizzen mast compression post will be fitted soon. This provides an opportunity for more superstition. Recall we fitted an American Eagle silver coin at the base of the main mast compression post, for luck, to prevent the mast from falling down. We are doing similar with the mizzen mast, but with a 2013 Canadian …

Mast Step Repair, Part 2

Smoothed and leveled the newly laid glass with a grinder to prepare for final surface glass and fairing. Mast step smoothly ground. Next, a fiberglass tube thru-deck for the main mast gadget wiring. Before laying the bulk glass, I had cored the mast spot with some discs of Coosa board. Installing the conduit was a …

Mast Step Repair, Part 1

Recall that some intruding water had been discovered in the plywood core of the main mast step. After cutting out the top layer of laminate, it was discovered the plywood was only wet, and not “soft”. Soft indicates rotting plywood, which would require removal and replacement. Turns out the plywood was pretty solid and intact. …

“Virtual” Halyards

Last weekend’s inspection of the masts revealed something interesting. Looks they were built for “virtual halyards”. That is a joke BTW. Here is what I mean… Take the construction of the masts, this is apparently how it was done: Take the aluminum extrusion (the long piece), weld a “cap” on the end that is supposed …

Fifty Foot Critter Habitat

Last weekend, I spent sunny Sunday going over the masts in more detail. I took a look up inside the main mast and discovered that, at some point in the past, some critter setup his house in there. Big wads of straw and stuff had been stuffed up inside. I took a boat hook and …

More Mast Inspection…

So it ended up being a sunny, yet cold, weekend. Having finished my goals on Saturday I had time to take a closer look at the masts. First let me say I woke up grumpy and not really wanting to do something really physical, yet, as sunny as it was, I felt guilty about staying …

More Mast Inspection

I have been inspecting the masts further. I started to remove some of the masthead hardware. It required tools including a can of WD-40 and a 5 lb sledge. Basically, things were pretty scary. For example, the tangs for anchoring the top of the shrouds was secured with one big 3/4 in stainless steel bolt, …

Main Mast Step Installation

This weekend saw the Westsail’s main mast step installed. The masts on W42s are deck stepped, but there is a compression post that sits between the underside of the deck and the keel to distribute compression loads from the mast. This post is typically a length of 2 inch stainless steel tubing. The original W42 …

Weekend of Miscellany

A number of odd tasks done related to the Westsail this weekend. Mostly paralell projects that will continue for a few weeks. Shop The cheap garage drawers and work-surface I bought at Costco some time ago, was, well, cheap. Very shortly after I started storing power tools in the drawers, the drawers started coming apart …