“Standing rigging” means all the stainless steelwires, lines or rods that ensure that the mast stays in place. It also includes the forestay, backstay, and side stays (aka “shrouds). This is a simplified explanation for all my non-sailing friends.
I am very interested in the rigging process, so our rigger, Brad, is having me work as his assistant. I have a healthy respect for this job now, I will confess to being thoroughly exhausted at the end of each day.
My latest job is re-bedding the chain plate covers, which were leaking. Leaks in a boat are not a good thing, so you need to fix the issue. Here is a picture of the before and after repair:
Part of the repair is removing the old caulking, adhesive, and cleaning and shining up the metal using a wonderful product called Collonite. Collonite also protects the metal, as well. Eventually, I will polish every metal piece on board the boat.
Once the old caulking is removed, you have to go over the deck carefully with acetone, then use a 3M product called 4200 to fill the spaces in the deck and under the chain plate cover. You can see the finished result in the finished photo on the right.
While I’ve been helping Brad with the rigging, Joe has been busy fixing and working on other jobs like replacing the ascending units and gauges on the water tanks so we can see how full or empty they are, replacing the stern shower unit, so that when you are done snorkeling, paddle boarding or kayaking, you can shower off at the swim step (Swim set is located at the very back of the boat, called the transom).
Today I meet with the upholsterer, to finalize the new interior work. That will be my next post- getting the interior all nice and cozy, and finding new artwork to match the decor. My favorite part of the refit! Regards, Carla