WILDERNESS status report:
It's been a little more than a month from my last check-in. The holidays are over, the weather
is back to warm and dry, and the craziness of the world continues unabated. My new mast
and rig are sitting on cradles. The yard had some issues of their own, having to close down for structural repairs
, then today, when we wheeled the mast
into the yard, we were told that the crane is now busted, and it might be two more weeks before it can be stepped. Oh well......
On the other hand, it gives me more time to finish off the cockpit projects. I completed most of the final painting, built new centerboard
covers, built a brand new mast step with a built in roller for the centerboard
control. It leads the centerboard pull-down (with heavy duty rubber bungee) to a block inside the aft end of the cockpit trunk, then forward to an inverted bow roller attached to the aft end of the mast step, then it leads upward to a Spinlock line clutch
to lock it in position, then up to the mainsheet winch
below the gooseneck and within arm's length of the helm wheel
. I'll be sending photos when it's all hooked up. This is a big deal for me because, never before, I will have full and immediate control of the centerboard. In previous posts I detailed the new centerboard, which will go in when I haul out
. Now, it's a full system. Very exciting, and, I believe, unique to Searunners.
I'll be sending detail photos of the mast equipment
, again, results of a lifetime of experience with my boat and others I've rigged over the years. It's really cool stuff that I'm eager to put to work when I sail over the horizon in coming months.
So, in the next two weeks of waiting for stepping the mast, I will get the last of the nonskid on the cockpit and cabintop, rig the new mainsheet traveller, and complete the overhaul
of the steering
system and re-leather the steering wheel. Never a dull moment.