While awaiting some spreader boots, provided me time for getting the teak refurbished, re-puting some teak bungs in the taff-rail, and working issues related to protecting the surfaces with some Epiphanes varnish. Like any project, there's a correspondence between when you can do something based upon your supplies at hand, and those you have on order, and the current status of your ongoing project. So I've adapted a products-based order of approach. There's no need to hurry nor any crisis that should hurry good work on this old girl.
I decided to take advantage of a passage of good weather to bear down on the teak and prepare it for some protection. And I decided to multi-task, get the teak started, then shift to rigging, and then additional deck paint.... The lines from RW did arrive in a timely manner and this is how they arrived at my door, ready to be pulled through the mast.
|I ordered both main and jib halyards exactly to CD specifications along with messenger capability on one end and the stainless connectors on the other end. Ready to go.|
While on the ground the mast is easy to handle and the lines quickly run in and out making for a no-mess refit of halyards. I spread the mast on a couple of ladders and voila, done. I sealed off the bitter ends of both jib and main halyards and stowed them as dock lines for situations requiring more than standard lengths like 30' feet. Always good to have more lines aboard.
|Whipped together at left, the lines are easy to slip through their openings in the mast. They'd probably been able to go through with just tape on them but I didn't want to take that chance and ruin a perfectly great day!|
As you can see, the connectors are fitted to the size of the lines by RW Rope and this makes for less mental stress on my part to order just the right size. I checked with them on this and said, "Great, so you guys will do the right 'size' of closure device?" "Yup they said." Nice work.
|Lines are looking good and ready for use.|
What I need now is to find some stainless steel for this before it becomes an issue.