I decided to rig the whole boat in the driveway before meeting crew, Tony, down at the ramp. First problem: The new coupler didn't fit the ball. Disassembled the coupler, reassembled it--didn't change a thing. It fit--strange and mysterious are the ways of trailers. Of course the lights didn't work--they worked fine last fall. Ninety percent of trailer light problems are the ground. Checked it and came up with 60 ohms--replaced the wire and connection to the frame--.5 ohms'; yeah. Lights worked, but not very well.
|I'm not a big fan of "squishable" hard connectors. I prefer to solder the wire|
and then cover the fix with water proof shrink fittings.
One other improvement was a shroud stretcher to hook up the second shroud after the forestay and first shroud are hooked. It is just a little clip on the shroud with a loop of rope. You stick your foot in the loop, push down and it's easy to fasten the shroud to the tang.
|It can be really tough to get the second shroud hooked up; I like to keep it tight so I don't have to adjust it every time. The shackle stays on the shroud plates, and the stretcher just clips on for the one minute you need it.|
|The 1/8" Dacron cord was plenty stout to hold the boom up. Now we could rig a boom|
tent if we wanted. It is set up so we could also hoist a flag or burgee. Worth the few extra
ounces added aloft.
|The new main can't get here soon enough.|
Next post: The pedestal and snubbing winch, raising the mast alone is not for one old man, Jim screwed up the tiller extension. Will this boat work for two old farts?
Today's Cliche: The chances of failure increase exponentially as the number of people or parts increase. (jgs) Corollary: One guy with a rock is more reliable than a committee with a computer. (wvs)