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Old 26-05-2014, 18:24   #1
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Shround to spreader

The mast goes on the hoist tomorrow and I have been told conflicting instructions. One is to leave as seen in the picture; the other to lash the shroud in place so that the shround does not slide up and down in the spreader end. (see pics )

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Old 26-05-2014, 18:35   #2
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Re: Shround to spreader

When you set up, the angle on both sifes of the spreader should be a close equal as you can get it. most of the time you will have an upward angle at the tips of the spreaders,
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Old 26-05-2014, 18:35   #3
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Re: Shround to spreader

Is this to put the mast back on the boat? If so, the shroud will move to the correct place on the spreader when you tighten it up. You would never get it lashed in the right place before tightening anyway.

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Re: Shround to spreader

Yes, the shroud ought to be seized to the spreader so that an overtightened flag halyard or obese pelican can't shift the spreader downward.
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Old 26-05-2014, 19:05   #5
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Yes, the shroud ought to be seized to the spreader so that an overtightened flag halyard or obese pelican can't shift the spreader downward.
...that makes sense to me. The mast is going back on the boat and I did take off old nylon cord lashings and marked where they were on the shroud. I am guessing that it would be easier to lash the shrouds to the spreaders while the mast is lying down (and in the same place as the previous lashings)... thanks
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Re: Shround to spreader

You're making the assumption that the old wire was in the correct location. The spreader tip should bisect the angle the shroud assumes as the shrouds are tightened. It may be spot on, or it may not. Once it is as close to perfect as it can get, re-install the end caps on the spreaders, finally, re-lash it.
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Old 26-05-2014, 21:15   #7
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You're making the assumption that the old wire was in the correct location. The spreader tip should bisect the angle the shroud assumes as the shrouds are tightened. It may be spot on, or it may not. Once it is as close to perfect as it can get, re-install the end caps on the spreaders, finally, re-lash it.
....good point ... thanks ATC
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You're making the assumption that the old wire was in the correct location. The spreader tip should bisect the angle the shroud assumes as the shrouds are tightened. It may be spot on, or it may not. Once it is as close to perfect as it can get, re-install the end caps on the spreaders, finally, re-lash it.
Just thinking that this would entail accessing the spreader tips once the mast is actually up and tensioned. I have mast steps but the spreader tip is too far a reach. Just wondering how "it is done" to reach the spreader tips once the mast is up. I have googled but could not find this question answered. ??
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Re: Shround to spreader

Pretty easy to do in a bosun's chair.
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Re: Shround to spreader

bcguy:

How we do it is for one of us to get in the boatswains chair, and the other cranks him or her up the mast, using either the main halyard or the spinnaker halyard and the appropriate winch. (I prefer the double handled winch handle for this job, but I am not particularly strong.) One can also use one's anchor windlass, but then the halyards need long tails. Jim bought one of those Milwaukee right angle drills with a bit to fit our winches, and I put him up with that, and that was easiest of all!

If you haven't gone aloft this way before, spend some time beforehand getting all the tools and materials you'll want, and figure out how you'll get them up with you. Jim usually uses a bucket for the tools, etc, and secures it to one of the loops on the boatswains chair. He also uses a climbing harness sometimes. PLEASE NOTE, DO NOT TRUST THE SNAP SHACKLE FOR THIS JOB: TIE A BOWLINE KNOT THROUGH THE LIFTING RINGS ON THE CHAIR.

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....thanks for the replies, all to the point and very helpful

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