At the end of the bad winter weather we chose a time to get the lay-up cover off and with the boat on hard-standing I arranged a small team of helpers and we lowered her mast. A ladder lashed to the pushpit was the landing place and it came down without incident.
The six shrouds, backstay and forestay were removed together with their bottlescrews - all marked to show their original in-service lengths. There was a bit of head-scratching as to how the headsail furler came apart but eventually I worked it out and dismantled the inner liner allowing the wire to drop out. The complete set was sent away to the riggers and a couple of weeks later a nice new set arrived by courier.
|Forestay inside lower end of furling tube|
|Furler top-swivel in bits|
|Furling drum bearing assembly removed for overhaul|
|Nice shiny new rigging. The bottlescrews are chrome-plated bronze|
|Cap shrouds re-fitted to cross-trees|
|Re-fitting forestay. The liner is an open figure '8' of plastic that had to be slid in 1m sections into the tube|
|Preparing to raise her mast..|