And then one thing leads to another! Have hauled her to the trailer fabricator for a modification to support the mast during road trips, then took advantage of this time to remove and closely examine all standing rigging and halyards. Have determined a quick fix is important and timely.
|Windex was torn off by branches coming into contact with it during a severe storm some months back when the device was brand new. I know, lucky me....|
So, after some conversation with my fellow Cape Dory folks on the website of the CDSOA, I decided to confer with the smart folks at Rigging Only for a rigging overhaul. They seemed extremely knowledgeable and helpful, the latter, something one looks for when trying to engage an older vessel's characteristics and requirements. After conversation with the folks at Rigging Only, I bundled up my standing rigging and sent it off for inspection and refit where necessary, especially those barrel-turnbuckles. They seem to be especially troublesome in that unless secured with the nut properly, they'll begin to turn while underway. Pretty soon, the rigging begins to deteriorate in terms of tension. I'll have them change these out with an open style turnbuckle so that at least dealing with the device is obvious rather than concealed.
While doing my inspection I noted in particular one lower shroud, a problem I had not seen, where several strands of the stainless steel wire had broken at the swage point! Then while removing the forestay from the mast I discovered the cotter pin holding the pin had never been crimped. Yes, truly remarkable, never been crimped, and it was simply inserted through the holding pin and could be removed gently with my fingers! I shuddered to think how many blows this had been through and still managed to survive! I duly chastised myself for not thoroughly checking my rig. After all, it's nobody's fault but my own that I missed checking.
|We all like to sail our boats but you can't see the problems from 15 to 20 feet like this sailor, taken by the 1st Mate of Baggy Wrinkles' Skipper|
It was a good process to de-rig the boat, step down the mast, and examine everything for defects. We all like to be on our boats rather than working on them, however, it is part of the routine to do the maintenance. I also like the aspect of knowing every part of the vessel so I can anticipate problems better.
So, a bit more time on the hard now, waiting for the rigging to return, waiting for the trailer fix, and then I'll suit her up again and test her on the lake.