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Mast is up...

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...but not without the usual bugger'ations and contusions...

Imagine if you will then, three old men on a boat, with an A frame, a plenitude of rope, and a willingness that only old men could have for an appointment with an erection* - or maybe it was the beer and pork pies afterwards...

*of the mast, clearly, what did you think I meant...?

Hottest day of the year so far, and the hottest spring day in almost 50 years (apparently), ideal lifting conditions as it was also breathless...  the other two old men joined me on Sparrow, and the first of the days bugger'ations occurred...  having got the boat ready for the lift I had removed the warps holding the mast and fork to the aft deck, cue Rod steadying himself as he stepped on board, hand on mast and mast drops out of the fork and and on to the board that runs along the the back of the boat - no damage done to mast, or Rod, it was only a foot drop and the mast was still tied to the front of the boat, but when the mast bounce…

....and we're in...

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...now... where's the summer?

Just finished two solid days where I think I fitted almost 50% of the whole winters maintenance, and a launch, and I am absolutely knackered...

Was due to launch Saturday, but Friday when I was panning to get my urgent jobs finished (never mind the nice to have's) was a washout - all day rain - so I turned up at the club expecting to have to ask for a few weeks more ashore (and I wouldn't be the only one - lots of boats in the club not ready because of weather) but one of the guys said, no worries and I could shift to Sunday launch even though I was supposed to be working..  bless him, so tools unloaded I set to with a will..  first and most important job was the outboard pad..  this took very little work..  offered up the new piece, carefully sanded the lip where the fit was too tight, drilled and bolted and done... (just need to fit penny washer and stainless steel nut on the left (I'd run out of stainless!)


..pleased with that...  it&#…