Category «Rigging»

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 …

American Silver

Anyone who has worked on sailboats long enough knows about the superstition of placing coins at the base of the mast for good luck. The good luck is to keep the mast from coming down. I went ahead and placed an american silver eagle coin at the base of the main compression post. 2006 american …

Main Compression Post

This piece had been blocking progress on the forward salon flooring. This is a 3-inch diameter heavy gauge polished stainless steel post that sits between the deck and keel. The purpose is to bear the compression loads from the main mast directly above. Under the floor: keel step pad center-above. Most (all?) Westsail 42’s have …

Mizzen Mast Step

Is in and ain’t coming out! This is one of those things that has been nagging for a while that I just never got around to. But it has become a blocker for some other work in the aft cabin. Namely, finishing the AquaDrive installation and starting the steering installation. The step is for the …

More Deck Hardware: Padeyes for the Runners

Just in, before the soon-to-be permanent rainy season sets in. Beefy padeyes from Schaefer Marine. Cast 316 stainless steel, 8000lb safe working load.  Two of them, port and starboard. These are where the running backstay (often called runners) will attach. Some original Westsails had these padeyes mounted to the deck. I opted to move them …

All Chainplates are In!

And they ain’t coming out! All the boat needs now is a couple of sticks tied to the plates, with white sheets hanging off them, and she’s ready to sail! The shiny stainless steel shows off how bad the 30 year oxidized gelcoat hull needs a paint job. One thing at a time I guess. …

Final Shiny Rigging Bits

Got the chainplates from my stainless guy this week. Things took a little longer given his and our own vacation time off over the past two months. No matter. Things are still dry enough up here such that I should be able to get these installed over the next few weeks. All are hand polished …

Stem and Stern fittings are IN!

And they ain’t comin’ out!    Having obtained the proper length bolts, the forward staysail chainplate and rear backstay chainplate were installed. With the fiberglass so thick, it involved a lot of boring of the holes with a drill and dremel tool in order to allow the bolts to seat flush in the countersink.   …

Last of the Chainplates

Got the rest of the chainplates from the jet cutter. These are for the main and mizzen shrouds and primary backstays. As they will be taking most of the rig loads, I increased the thickness size from 1/4″ to 5/16″ (original factory plates were 1/4″). I now have 40 more countersinks to cut. This might …