I haven’t been posting much here as I’ve mostly been working on our YouTube channel, however, I thought I would show some pictures of the new mizzen mast foot support work.
I am also adding some fibreglass tape to increase strength where we have cut away the starboard bulkhead to provide access to our “pullman” style double bed.
While doing this work in the aft cabin we have also finished (at last) the chainplate backing plates in the aft cabin. They were the first we did and we over complicated things with a full length plywood backing plate, plus a shorter plywood backing plate for the 3 shroud attachment points. Anyway the FR4 plates have been added and so that part of epoxy work in the aft cabin has been completed.
We have also been working in the lazarette on supports for the solar panel frames. As part of that work we found and fixed a void in the stern at the hull/deck joint and the damage caused by the davits that had been fitted without backing plates.
Now back to the video editing that will show all this.
A triatic stay means that if you lose either mast, it will likely take the other with it. The best thing about the Ketch rig (which you do not mention) is the ability to fly a staysail (or a reacher) between the masts. With wind aft of the beam i.e. when trade wind sailing these are ideal.
We are very pleased that we don’t have a triatic stay so our masts are completely independently supported.
We have a very old mizzen staysail although it doesn’t look as if it has had a lot of use.
We are looking forward to learning to use that.