First a couple of drawings of those main mast winch drums showing how they will be installed. On either side of the mast you can either winch direct from the upper drum for lighter hauling, or you can use the geared down ‘mechanical advantage’ version for heavier hauling. Thanks for those, Boss of Volunteers, Basil.
Next a nice progress report on our winter re-fit from Dave Brooks via the Facebook Group. Dave writes, “The sailing season fast approaches and next weekend the mast is lowered in readiness for re-rigging. This year we will be re-rigging at Oare Creek whilst Tim Goldsack and his team undertake work on the heating system, the windlass, anti fouling and a new cabin amongst other things. During the close season all the blocks have been serviced and painted (all the same colour and looking very smart) also a major overhaul of the waste plumbing system has been keeping the air fragrant. Most of the deck furniture has received a fresh coat of paint, but there is still a lot to do. Any volunteers welcome. We will have two clear weekends in order to touch in paint on the mainmast and sprit, coat the topmast and finish serving the standing rigging that hasn’t already been done. Once again the weather has held up painting but investigations are ongoing for a poly tunnel next winter. Will keep you all informed of the progress”.
Thank you for that, Dave.