I have both of my masts off my vessel. Performing complete overhaul
of 30 year Aluminum
masts built in Holland
by Nuet. Shieves are shot, masts have lots of corrosion
and standing rigging
needs replacement. I am taking both main and mizzen booms apart. I have most of everything removed, cleats
, rings, and the goose neck. The part I am having problems removing are the End Caps. They both have the Bail for the Traveler sheets
and the Outhaul
shieves. The main boom is 14 feet long and the mizzen boom is 10 feet long. I know if I start banging on the cap it will scare the boom sides and bend something. I have gotten some really good rust remover and have been applying it but I do not think it is getting to what is holding things in place.
Both of these caps were held on by 10/32 screws and they are removed.
I have thought of getting two 8 feet 2 by 4s and putting them in the boom and then banging the 2 by 4s on the ground and pushing the Cap off the upper end. I wanted to find out what other sailors would do in this case. Have you found your self in this position before? Captain