February 23rd, 2006 – by: bede17
attaching the crane's hook
So once again, I can't really remember what I did on tuesday or wednesday, but I'm pretty sure it was more sanding. The deck is definitely starting to look better and I think we're going to finish the forward area pretty soon. But today was a big day! Today the masts went up! We thought it was going to take a lot longer and have problems, but it went really quickly and pretty easily, considering the masts literally weigh about a ton each. First thing in the morning we cleared the whole deck off, all the sanding paraphernalia and all the tarps. No tarps meant no shade, but luckily there was a nice breeze. The boat looks a lot bigger without tarp tents over it. The masts were laying on the ground beside the boat, with the spreaders (metal poles on each side at a couple points) and some of the halyards, etc.
lifting the mast vertically
attached. A big crane that the yard hired specifically for us attached a big metal hook to a wire about a quarter of the way down from the top of the mast, and then lifted the whole mast up in the air vertically. Using guide wires attached near the base of the mast, the crane lifted the mast over the hole in the boat and the people around guided it into place. Half the shipyard crew was onboard to watch the first mast being put in because none of them had ever really seen masts, let alone be part of the process. After lunch they mostly disappeared while we put in the foremast though. Once each mast was in place the guys spent a while basically attaching a bunch of lines from it to the deck to keep it secure and in place for the next couple days.
attaching the guidewires
This is just a trial run to measure the real rigging that we are going to be making this week, the masts will come down on monday to be painted etc. and then will be put back on for the final time once the boat is launched. Winston, Kevin, and Jay all got a chance to go up the masts in the bosun's chair, a little seat that they get hoisted up in by the rest of the crew members down below (pulling on a line). I took a bunch of pictures during this process and then went back to my sanding while measurements were going on. I'm off to bed now, more big days to follow!
Happy birthday Ally!
(sorry, pictures to follow tomorrow)