Now we are getting someplace. Outhauls, blocks, tillers, spars.

Spar work continues.

We received new stripper disks in the mail.

Norton Non-Woven Depressed Center Rapid Strip Wheel
Link: http://amzn.com/B00755XY2Y

Wow, these things work great.   I was able to strip the boom and finish stripping the mast with just 3 of the 5 I ordered.  If we had not chemically stripped half the mast 5 or 6 would have done the entire project.  As they say in the reviews, let the grinder and gravity do the work.  The entire process reminded me of running an orbital buffer back as a junior enlisted in the Navy.

Stripping away the old paint. Grinder works well.

Stripping away the old paint. Grinder works well.

After stripping and polishing up the chemically stripped side we started to apply the Alodine.

Left is after alodine, right is raw aluminum, before treatment.

Left is after alodine, right is raw aluminum, before treatment.

Half way thru treating with Alodine

Half way thru treating with Alodine.

Boom treated.

Boom treated.

The alodine as I understand it is ChromicAcid and possibly Iodine.  It smells of Iodine.  It leaves a things looking browned and with blue rainbow swirls.  A rather interesting one of a kind look.

Working on the boom we discovered the outhaul is not functioning, it seems jammed up.

I removed all the hardware,

Sheaves, outhaul car from the boom.

Sheaves, outhaul car from the boom.

I removed the end caps from the boom,  those as well as the the mast step are going to be powder coated.

Mast step removed.

Mast step removed. This is the part on deck the mast sits on. Held down to the deck by 4 bolts.  It fits inside the base of the mast and is normally not visible.

Once the end caps were off the boom I had to remove the old outhaul setup.  It had been bolted in at mid boom and I had to use a big screwdriver and hammer to sheer off the last 2 bolts that had not rotted off.

Out came this.

Harken magic outhaul.  Seized up for some reason.

Harken magic outhaul. Seized up for some reason.

I have ordered 2 new blocks and plan on reusing the old jib halyard to build a new 6 to 1 internal outhaul.

Old jib halyard.

Old jib halyard sitting on the old standing rigging which is going to the shop.

Heading in the right direction.

Whats that? A new tiller is what it is. We can actually steer our rudder.

Whats that? A new tiller is what it is.

Also in addition to putting on our new tiller our new Mainsail is done and ready to be picked up.    We have our old standing rigging in the Escape and will be giving that to Mr Morgan to make us new.

The engine block and head are at machine shop getting cleaned and sleeved.

Abby approves of the work.

Abby approves of the work.

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2 thoughts on “Now we are getting someplace. Outhauls, blocks, tillers, spars.

  1. Great info! I have to do a similar job on my mast. I’ll be getting some of those Norton discs. Are you happy with the Alodine? is that the route you would choose if you had to do it over?
    I had my former boat at Westland, until I sold it in May.
    Thanks for all the helpful advice.

    • We really like the Alodine 1201. Bought it on Amazon. We are debating getting a 2nd bottle to do another round on the mast as we one coating on the mast and two on the boom. The boom looks funkier. I really hope it holds up over time. I do not mind molten raw metal look.

      The one thing I would do different is not use the chemical stripper. Even though we had record rainfall the past two weeks and I polished the chemical side with the grinder and then rinsed and wiped it down before application the Alodine did not cover as well. Beading up in spots on the chemical side. Still looks good, but it makes me worry.

      I like Westland as a work yard, nice folks there. Can’t wait to get back to the city marina though as I like the paved parking and not dragging sand into the boat and car.

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