I had enough, I blew it…

I guess the sun was already too strong for me, and that must have done it…

This is what’s left of our shroud…. You see realistically they were in the way of the main sail! Those things don’t enable you to place the sail far enough downwind. So a few cuts and we were done.

*E* was looking at me with her eyes wide open, I could read her  mind: “but Dad you can’t do that they hold the mast” to which I responded:”so what *E* it is just a detail, non-sense!”

Anybody interested in buying a brand new Yamaha 2 strokes 8HP. It has never touched the water or fuel yet, NO? Perfect because you haven’t seen the paint job yet the teenagers are going to apply in stage two of this demolition derby. If anybody doubted my sanity now you have proof of my madness. Call the doctor I need my prescription.

The picture above can be deceiving with the wrong caption. With that said, the shroud wire comes from a great workshop I attended last night. We even had the chance to practice our cutting technique in case of de-masting, a refreshing taught. This time around the discussion made far more sense than last year, maybe a deadline looming makes that to me.

Before anything let me tell you we have it easy on multihulls, because I was listening for 2 hours of how important it is to have the perfect tune, racking and how to take some backstay tension off when not in use. As for us, our main inquiry for our tuning was the following : the leeward shroud can be a little floppy when we reach. Is that normal? do we need a tuning? I asked the question to the expert, the points that came across were the following:

  • Your rigging on those boats will not fail at the wire, but on the mechanical part. Meaning a pin will come off or a turnbuckle will snap. So go up the mast regularly and you will be good if you watch and change offending part.
  • You don’t need a spare $$$$ shroud if you lose one, the equation is rather simple the mast is coming down. So, call your insurance.
  • On multihull the tensioning is not so critical than on monohull, due to the flexing of the structure. That’s why you may have a “looser” wire.

Overall my impression is that multihull are not the best client for rigger, until the insurance claim comes in then they love them. Now let’s see if I can cut that mast loose with what tool I have onboard.

As for the dinghy engine, we really don’t want anyone to buy it! It fact one less chance to get it stolen by making it look crappy….

5 Comment

  1. Regarding the “complaining” post…



  2. That what happen when you are at sea LOL

  3. Geir Ove Bø says:

    The motor might be a bit heavy to be parked back there, my dealer told me make 4-5 HP. so keep en good eye on it when sailing in bigger waves, it might start to move a bit to much. you might have to do a better support lower down.
    He told me that our 10HP Honda 4 stroke was to big for it. so we keep it on the dinghy all the time.

  4. The engine is only their for storage during passage it will get a spot in a lazarette somewhere. Keeping it on the dinghy would not be a solution either to much weight and load for the davit.

  5. Geir Ove Bø says:

    We don’t have other stuff on the davits, and ours are doing fine with the dinghy and motor on. been in heavy seas, and no problems…

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