We have a few “must dos” before heading out to sea: new rigging, replacement mast step, and windlass install. The full project list is much longer, but we could do without all but these three items.
We originally planned to take 2-3 weeks to knock out all of the items in the yard, but now are leaning towards splitting up the work. We can step the mast at a local boat yard, transport it to a place to work, and keep the boat in the water. This unlocks nights and weekends, and slows the pace after a busy and strange few months. Less boat yards are allowing DIYers with the threat of COVID-19, so this seems like a great compromise.
While the mast is down, we will check off a few more punchlist items. Scott noted that we’re in the “bolt things to the boat” stage. Lots of installs coming soon:
- Wind indicator
- Inner forestay for storm jib
- New mast step (used to attach mast to the keel)
- New mast steps (unrelated to above, used to climb the mast)
- Replace standing rigging
- Replace chain plates