The anchor platform on Cay of Sea is starting to look gnarly, with faded and checking varnish. This has been on my “do” list since spring time, but I haven’t taken the time to refresh the varnish until today. Good thing I did. Check out these photos:
Several things are evident: 1) I must not have bent the legs of the pin sufficiently last time I had the forestay off, and 2) a regular routine of rig inspection would have caught the unbent legs long ago.
Close inspection of the clevis pin showed that it was working out of the hole, and the split pin was no longer protruding from the exit side of the pin hole. It was almost out. An hour of blustery sailing without the split pin would easily work the clevis out of the tang and stem head chainplate, and then I would be in big trouble.
This is a good argument for circular retainers in clevis pins. Think I’ll go buy a box. Soon. The side benefit of circular pins is they don’t catch on clothing, skin, sails, line, etc., and don’t require rigging tape to cover up the sharp edges.
Yeah. . . Think I’ll go get some tomorrow. And I’m going to start checking my rig monthly.
Oh – the anchor platform looks great now too!