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Old 25-05-2009, 18:41   #1
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Internal Slab Reefing - with a Bird's Nest in the Boom!

This is only a portion of a nest, stashed ~ 4' in from the end of the spar. It wasn't there a week before, but this time had eggs and all. Took me hours to get all of it out and get all of the blocks working again.

No, I never have been a fan of internal rigging, so no lecture, to me, please.

So, clearly I taped up the opening, because the bird was trying to rebuild! I'm contemplating whether fabricating a permanent end cap - instead of duct tape - is in order.
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Old 26-05-2009, 04:16   #2
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You had my hopes from the title. There is a birds nest in my boom and 1 of my reefs is all jammed up. So I feel your pain.
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A boat hook, a hose, and and hour's steady work....

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You had my hopes from the title. There is a birds nest in my boom and 1 of my reefs is all jammed up. So I feel your pain.
and scratched arms and a few bits of profanity about birds. My wife was half asleep below, heard me snarl something about "what was she thinking" and elected to stay in bed. She had a good laugh when she realized I was talking about the bird.

I actually had to pull all of the rigging out.

Yes, it sounds like a removable but solid aluminum plug is in order.
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Same thing happened to me several years ago. I just use a piece of foam sponge stuffed into the end of the boom. It weighs nothing, costs nothing. It lasts a couple of years and is a piece of cake to replace.

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