Tuesday, May 08, 2012

It Takes Three

It takes two to three able bodied people to rig this boat and place her in the water.  Two on top, one on the bottom (and get your mind out of the gutter, please).  First photo:  son-in-law and yours truly setting the rigging as the first step in lifting the mast. 

Rigging often looks like a bowl of spaghetti.  Does my butt look okay in these shorts?

A bridle is placed on the middle of the mast and attached to a strap.  Instead of using muscle power to physically lifet the mast into place it's done via the strap attached to a winch.

The last portion of the process is to attach the mast to a coupling on the bow of the boat.  Bingo.  Ready to hit the water.
This may look easy but it's not.  There's always variables that need attention or problem solving.  One false step and someone usually gets hurt or killed.    Not for the inexperienced or faint of heart.

Sparkle Plenty sits pretty in slip 80, Oak Bottom Marina, Whiskeytown Lake.  How sweet it is.


La Roo said...

Looks like a beautiful day.
It was a good thing you told us to take our mind out of the gutter, because it totally went there.
Wow, what a lot of work.
Now did you sail yesterday or do you wait until today and enjoy fruits of labor?
Cheers to you and yours!

Bob said...

I have hella sunburn to show that it was a beautiful day. Didn't sail as there was more work to do as in install the boom, hoist the jib, put battens in the main sail and hoist it. I was so fried that I just had to get out of the sun and leave those chores for another day . . .a day when the sunburn has quieted down. I'm thinking Thursday or Friday for that first sail of the season.

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