The past couple of weekends have been spent fighting with the halyards – those are the lines that go inside the mast to pull the sail up. I sound so knowledgeable, don’t I? You’d never know that I just now had to ask Rick what halyards did.
The lines inside were hanging up on something so he couldn’t get them out, it was very frustrating and he was racking his brain trying to figure out how it’s done. I mean, it’s not as if he’s the first person on the 7 seas to have run into this, right?
He decided to see if his electric fish could be of help. And you know it isn’t an actual fish and isn’t actually electric. I pictured a little oblong thing with a battery that scurries down a pipe dragging a line behind it to the other end but NO! It’s a stiff wire used by electricians to pull the line, etc, etc… So it’s an electrician’s fish. hmmm…
So he was fiddling with the fish and realized that the end of the mast had a bump on it and as he peered more closely and Lo! And Behold! He discovered that the spot was a plug for a hole previously drilled to get the halyard out! Minutes later, he drilled out the plug and used the electrician’s fish to pull through the new halyard! Ta-dum! …little happy dance…
Rick finished putting the forestay, backstay and shrouds back on the mast. Those are wires that keep the mast upright. Why the shrouds aren’t called sidestays is a question for the ages, I suppose. Shrouds. Doesn’t that invoke a mental picture of a pirate ship like the one on the wall in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland? Tattered sails blowing in the storm… and again I digress…
And there are ‘spreaders’ near the top which are used to spread (hey, a name that indicates what the thing does!) the stays out of the way, so they ‘stay’ out of the way, ha.
Rick has installed some extra lines so that he can fly flags and also put some work lights up there that aim down at the deck.
Last Friday the mast was put back on the boat! Did you know that the yard charges us $50 a month to have the mast sitting (actually its resting on sawhorses) beside the boat? Now you do. When we walk around the boat yard it’s astounding how many derelict’ish boats there are. I suppose the mast-sitting-around-fee is to encourage people to get ‘er done.
Last weekend Rick sanded the dinghy and put a grey coat of primer on it – isn’t it lovely? Such an improvement from the poor old thing he purchased off Craigslist, isn’t it. Next is the dark blue on the outside with a yellow strip up near the woodwork at the top. The inside’ll be white.
This weekend, more sanding and painting of the Budget Yacht is on the menu. I’m actually going up there on Saturday to help pull plugs out of the hull – one person inside and one person outside. After that little task, I’ll be sitting on my deck chair under a parasol watching traffic – birds and boats – and reading a trashy novel 😉