Last weekend was pretty productive. Lori and I arrived out at the boat Friday night and were happy to find our mast down on stands and ready to be worked on.
First thing Saturday morning before we could work on the mast we had to take our sails, a main and genoa(jib), to a local loft.
Cocoa, FL 32922
Sadly, our main is shot. It is probably as old as the boat (1978) and has a large number of perforations. We will be having Scott make us a new one. Looked at purchasing from Catalina Direct, they have Ullmans 15% off if ordered this month but the prices are comparable and I rather give my business to a local craftsman.
Back to the Mast
After our visit to the loft we got a break in the rain for a few hours Saturday afternoon. Lori and I used the time to tear down the mast. Labeling and removing the upper and lower stays as well as the wiring and spreaders.
As we were pulling the wiring and such from the mast we also ran waxed string messenger lines. They will allow us to run our new wire and Halyards once we are ready to do so.
I think we had rats or birds living in the mast for the 10 months it was on the rack. We pulled out a lot of nesting material and such (salad dressing packets) in addition to wire and conduit.
Wow, I just realised it has been 10 months since we pulled the Bell (Genji) and she looked like this.
More on the Mast
Sunday morning the rain finally abated. Lori, the pup and I ran over to Ace (no weekend seems complete without spending money at Ace) and purchased some stripper and scrapers.
A before picture of the condition of the mast. We gave a try to using a heat gun to remove the paint but it proved not hot enough and ineffective. A torch may have done the job but as we did not have one readily available we opted for chemical stripping.
After we got the hang of it we went fairly quickly.
We have a few spots that need a second go at with the stripper as you can see in the above photo. We will be doing that next week before flipping the mast and doing the port side.
All in all a productive weekend.
We are looking for something to coat the raw aluminum mast with (not paint) to protect it. I have ordered some loctite anti seize with a brush applicator to spread on all the unlike metals to inhibit corrosion. We may end up leaving the mast bare metal. Any suggestions?
Next week more mast work.