I installed the completed forestay and finished my maintenance and rig inspection. The forestay is attached the masthead crane with a toggle, held in place with a long clevis pin, which in turn is secured with split pins.
I used new clevis and split pins in the these connections. A failure of any one of these components would bring the rig down, so it was prudent to replace all with new parts. I also replaced a couple of rusting split pins that secured the starboard side of the backstay and topping lift toggles.
Finally, I inspected the starboard cap shroud tang, which looked like it was cracked when I was sitting in the bosun’s chair 40 feet above the deck. I’ve now determined that it isn’t cracked. No, that line across the bolt hole is just a scratch. I removed the fitting and looked at it carefully, comparing it with other scratches. And I finally remembered it from 8 years ago when we refit and painted the mast – I remember worrying about it, but finally deciding it was a scratch then too.
Here’s a photo of the mast on horses. Just a little work left before it gets re-stepped.
I’ll wash and wax it while it’s down. I’ve also got LEDs on order for the steaming and anchor lamps. This is definitely the best time to replace those, even though the old ones still work. I was never satisfied with the Mega/Davis anchor light. Although it drew very little current, It was too dim. The LED will be much brighter, and draw only 40% of the Davis incandescent replacement. Finally, I’d also like to put some sort of guard over the deck lamp so that it doesn’t get knock out with a halyard slap again.
Oh, I also rebuilt the marine head this afternoon (I know – exciting. . . ), and recommissioned it. It was time – two years on those rubber valve components is about all I’m willing to risk. I kept the old ones for spares, as I think they will work in an emergency, but for this year, all the parts inside the toilet are new.