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Children playing a special sanding game not available on their iphone.

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The benefits of children are plentiful… but none as gratifying as being able to coerce them into hours of hard labor. Safe to say, after having my daughter sand and help paint a mast, I’ll likely be put in a home by her when the time comes.

A picture of my wonderful daughter on a beautiful Saturday, while her friends were out playing, she was sanding, sanding, and sanding…for a good cause of course!

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I had just gotten the boat, dropped the keel due to keel-bolt corrosion issues, but didn’t know very much about the mechanical innards of things. Having learned a little more since that time, I now have lists of items I should have done while the mast was laying on it’s back in the yard, but didn't. Now, I’ll need to accomplish those things by first suppressing my fear of heights and investing in a bosun’s chair.

That said, we did accomplish a few projects on the decades old mast. I had the rigging checked properly by a rigger, and it was deemed A-OK for the kind of coastal cruising I was planning on doing. However, having had a thumbs up on other aspects of the boat that I found later not to be up to snuff, I wish I had just replaced the rigging while the mast was off the boat.

We sanded the bubbling and corroded areas, replaced the spreader ends with some sort of nylon wraps which I plan to change back out to the rubber type, and then repainted.

The Windex and Antenna were replaced with new ones, but I completely missed changing out the sheaves to be able to toss the wire halyards. Damn.

All in all, it was a fruitful bit of work, but now understanding the value/cost of having a boat in the yard with the mast down, I squandered a lot of time out of simply not being prepared with both knowledge and tools. I won’t make this mistake again.

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Updated 08-16-2018 at 09:15 AM by vcirelli (grammar)

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  1. Christian Williams's Avatar
    Cute daughter. I think my kids helped me once, too. Once.

    By the way, most/many of us have gone to rope halyards using the factory masthead sheaves. With modern line, the diameter can be as small as you choose.
  2. GrandpaSteve's Avatar
    Ditto what Christian said regarding sheaves.