We are getting a new boom on our six year old Jeanneau
469. When we went to prep the rig in anticipation of the crane showing up to remove the mast
, one of the first things we tried to do was to loosen the turnbuckles for the main shrouds. Simple idea, execution not so much. Two crescent wrenches, one held by each of us, produced nothing so we blocked one agains the toerail and were both pushing on the other for all we were worth. Still nothing. Larger wrench, same result. Long story short, with heat, lube and a few choice words (sailors are good at that) the things came off but only after the finish had been ground off the outside and the threads had become separated from the main body. The pix tell the story.
has been in charter
from splash until just recently so there has been a professional crew doing maintenance
on it. They have regularly checked the rig but have not, as far as I am aware, unscrewed and lubed the turnbuckles.
So the thing is apart, the mast
is at the shop and everything is cool except that I am hoping for some guidance on what to do so this doesn't happen again. As I see it, there are three possibilities: 1. Defective equipment
; 2. Defective original installation
; or 3. Poor maintenance
. Any suggestions about which of these possibilities is probable and what to do to make sure we can actually adjust shroud
tension if we need to in the future?