The mast continues...
During the intervening period since the last page a lot of real life intruded on completing this folly; first too much work, then not enough work, deaths of friends and family, and finally, a faultering sense of commitment. Twelve years is a long time to invest in a toy that can't be played with. But starting about a month or so ago I realized I was a lot closer to the end than the beginning and it would be a shame, after all this, to join the sad ranks of the almost-builders. There are plenty of good reasons why some boats don't get completed, ill-health or other unforeseen circumstances. Mine was simply disgustedness and laziness. I could cop to depression, but that's too easy. A dyed-in-the-wool cynic can't help being depressed given the state of the world. But it's hardly a reason to quit. In the words of my good buddy, Nehru, "Strength does not come from phisical capacity, it comes from indomitable will."
On with the epic saga...
As with most things, there's a beginning before the real beginning. The mast had been hanging from the basement ceiling for so long, I didn't actually "see" it anymore. The water heater gave up the ghost and we needed a new one, so we, (SWPUWM), thought we should try a tankless heater. Fine... but the ideal location was in a part of the basement that become a black hole for "stuff". With the youngster from across the street, we removed 35 bags of "stuff". About a third went to the thrift store, the rest went right into the trash. I could have bent over backward trying to find new homes for this "stuff", but the truth is there's just too much "stuff" around cluttering up everywhere. In a landfill it will turn into brand new raw materials in a few million years. Maybe even oil.
The water heater installation went as smoothly as can be expected. All of a sudden the basement wasn't a punishment and I saw the forlorn mast saying, "Please don't cut me up and throw me out." Well, there was a lot of thought and effort into it already. And so...
- Feb-14 - Tried to lower the mast back onto the worktable. Harbor freight motorized hoist wouldn't participate. Crossed town and retrieved the 1 ton chain fall from the graving dock. Rigged CF, lowered mast. Sanded 1/3 of mast end-to-end.
- Feb-15 - Sanded 1/3 of mast end-to-end.
- Feb-16 - Sanded 1/3 of mast end-to-end. Cut mast step, W 5&3/8", H 6&1/4". Sanded masthead (wood) to accept masthead (stainless steel.)
- Feb-17 - Went to Harbor Sales in Maryland. Picked up plywood for rudder and pilothouse, (2) 4'x10'x3/4", (2) 4'x8'x1/2". I could have had it delivered, but Mel drove me down in his pickup and it was a beautiful day, so we went for a ride. Made first call to sailmaker. Moorhouse Sailmakers. An easy drive across the river from here.
- Feb-18 - Began fairing coat - step to datum (the thickest portion at the partners, about 7' from the step), 1/3 of circumference.
- Feb-19 - Fairing coat - datum to masthead (-10'). Called Moorhouse. The bossman is in FL, won't be back until next week.
- Feb-20 - Fairing coat - 2nd 1/3rd, step to CoB (center of balance, 14' from the step).
- Feb-21 - Spent all day researching nav lights. Called Defender too late to place the order I'd developed. The folks at the Yahoo Junkrig group were very helpful. Thanks again, Guys.
- Feb-22 - Called Defender. First I discovered prices had jumped about 8% overnight. Ack! I told the customer rep I tried to call the day before. She informed me they button up the entire operation at 6PM. Wow! What a novelty; a place that doesn't do business 24/7. (I got the old prices on my order. )
- 700750 ATTWOOD LED NAV LIGHT 2NM Mmmmm. Purdy, ain't they?
- 700751 ATTWOOD LED NAV LIGHT 2NM - These are going atop the pilothouse.
- 700275 AQUA SIGNAL TRICOLOR ANCHOR LT - Getting the Bebi Electronics treatment. LEDs
- 701135STEWHH AQUA SERIES 33 LED STERN LIGHT
- 700015 AQUA SIGNAL ALL-ROUND LIGHT - Anchor light for atop the pilothouse.*
- 803046 PLASTIMO CONTEST 101 COMPASS - The only GD compass I could find that didn't have a black card. WTF is it with black all of a sudden? Everything is black these days. Our printer is black. The front of the computer is black. I need a flashlight just to see the front of the computer.
- Feb-23 - Ordered 3 LEDs from Bebi It's pronounced Bambi. Faired last remnant of first 1/3 of mast.
- Feb-24 - Finally talked to Skip the sailmaker. Emailed drawing, details and spec list. Faired 2nd 1/3 of mast end-to-end.
* From the discussion at Junkrig(Yahoo), it was the concensus that while the masthead nav lights are great for visibility at sea, they're not much good in close quarters since no one looks up. The setup on the pilothouse&stern will take care of the typical boat drivers.
Here we are 2/3rds of the fairing coat spread out.
To be continued...
- Feb-25 - Launched website. Wrote two new pages See: 2005, 2007. Rewrote 2011-1. Debugged other pages. LEDs arrived. Yippie! Delta Mortise Jig arrived.
- Feb-26 - Laid on 3rd 3rd of fairing coat. Began nav light conversion to LEDs.
- Feb-27 - Built first nav light conversion
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