Originally Posted by Lagoon4us
Tonight we have 40 knots followed by a prediction for 70knots by early morning SO you might be a liveaboard
if you have 15 ropes tying towards the wind direction!!!!!
A "fall blow" here is 32kt gusting to 48kt" 45kt gusting 65or70kt is common in the winter (usually a couple times a week)....not including storms.
My mast head
is 45' off the water
w/360' of 1/4" wire + running back tackle and halyards. Winter storms come from the SSE which means a fetch that runs diagonally across the harbor hits me on the starboard quarter....to make it worse I have an 8'9" beam. 48kt gusts had me healed over at 10 degrees on bare poles......my 47' mast
gets pulled for the winter and trucked up to my shop. Boom truck round trip in/out will be about $120, not sure about mast transport (3miles), if it is too expensive marina will let me store it for $75/mo.
What goes on up the mast is the most neglected and one of the most important pieces of maintenance
on boats. Because the local boom truck operator charges so little, I try and pull my mast every time my boat is out. (Actually first time I had my boat out I was living on the hard
for the winter and the other time I was replacing the standing rigging
so it had to come out anyway)