Hi CF - I am sailing in the Bahamas
and have noticed substantial creaking around the mast
when under sail. I have a Tartan 40 1988 with a keel
The creaking is coming from two places - primarily at the base of the mast, and secondarily at a seemingly load bearing hand hold near the galley
At the base of the mast, it seems like the sound is the teak
shims moving (gradually working themselves out) and rubbing against the mast...i confirmed his when I removed the mast boot and saw they were protruding so I hammered them back in as best I could. I also tightened the shrouds another handful of turns, as they were quite loose. The next day sailing
(I.e. Today) the creaking is worse than ever...and I can feel the reverberation in the fiberglass
around the deck
. Any suggestions? I'm hoping it sounds worse than it is, but it really doesn't sound good and I hope there isn't damage being done.
It seems to sound worse when we have side to side rolling motion (I.e. Beam/broad reach). Should I tighten the shrouds further?? We had to destep/step the mast earlier this year coming through the Erie Canal and did not consult a pro rigger afterwards...just tightened everything back to "where it was" prior to the de stepping.
Thanks in advance CF! Any input is appreciated!