Re-rigging the Boat

nosailsSince our boat had standing rigging that was 23 years old, we definitely needed to replace them before we could safely set off for the Bahamas.

“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 beforeleakyconfess 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:

chainplatePart 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.

mahiriggingRigging wires for the stays were made to order and placed on the dock to be installed.  This is what they look like before the installation.

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

  6 comments for “Re-rigging the Boat

  1. October 24, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Thanks so much for taking the time for the “simplified explanations” for all of us land lubbers!!


    • October 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Getting the boat ready is not as much fun as cruising in turquoise waters. Can’t wait to leave this all behind! Though I am getting into the boat interior work!


  2. October 24, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I do love learning so much when working on the boat….such good fun!


    • October 25, 2015 at 1:14 pm

      So much to learn!! Next up is replacing all the hatch parts as they are also original and starting to crack plastic parts. I did have to run to urgent care when a spring loaded hatch took a bite out of my hand. Ouch!


  3. farmquilter
    October 24, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    How cool that you are able to be so hands-on with the refitting of your boat!!! That way, if something needs fixing in a foreign country, you will at least know if it is being repaired correctly! You will have a blast re-doing the interior…can’t wait for pictures!!!


    • October 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      The interior part is fun! Commissioning a focal point artwork of a Mahi-Mahi. LOL We haul out for bottom paint and other work at the end of the week, too.
      So much work!!


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