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Date Posted: - Monday - 01/28/13 - 1:38pm
Author: Bruce
Subject: Mizzen Step
In reply to: Connor Dibble 's message, "Mizzen Compression" on - Monday - 01/14/13 - 6:43pm

Indeed, Randall is correct. I added additional support below the deck which spread the load out to the corners. I then installed compression posts on each corner of the forward cockpit bulkhead down to the hull, and fiberglass'ed in a couple of sockets to secure the bottoms of the new posts. I also fabricated a new bronze mizzen step which is identical to the mainmast step (except with a slightly smaller cross-section) This all worked well, and allowed me to tune the rig properly. Please email me if you would like photographs.
And congratulations on your passage to New Zealand.

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[> Done! -- Connor, - Saturday - 02/ 2/13 - 10:40pm


15 days with the masts off and I've finished my work. I ripped out the forward part of the cockpit and followed in the footsteps of Randall and Bruce, except that I ended up bolting vertical supports to the rather gigantic engine mount runners instead of glassing in new supports. The latter definitely has its advantages, but in the interest of time, I opted for the existing structure. Incidentally, I'm happy to have the weight distributed over a greater section of the hull.

I also replaced the deckward portion of the main mast step and added a wooden support frame beneath that the shore it up.'

See my blog: www.svardea.com for details and pictures. I would be happy to write a more technical post with greater detail on materials, pitfalls, etc. if there is interest (in the Projects section?), but for now I'm off to explore New Zealand.

Thanks for the support here and happy sailing to all.


Ardea, M31 #115

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[> [> Congrats! -- Randall, - Tuesday - 02/ 5/13 - 1:12am

Excellent work, Connor. Thanks for the super photos. Must feel good to get that one knocked out!

Enjoy exploring the islands (I'm more than a little jealous!)


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[> [> Good Job !!! -- Bill Kranidis, - Tuesday - 02/ 5/13 - 8:21am

Good job, Connor.

Yet another way for sufficient support of the mizzen.

As attention demanding as the Mariners are, when it comes to upkeep due to wooden structures, the easier it becomes to facilitate "fixes" to certain issues that might pop up.
All you need is a few tools and time to think.
When I had to do this, I anchored two long (2x10's ???) beam to beam one at the aft end of the cabin and one at the forward end of the cockpit well, bonding them with other crossmembers by huge bolts. Overkill yes but you could support the mainmast on those puppies :-)

Just noticed you bought "Salvia".

Sent some info my way to update your page.

Fair winds,
Bill Kranidis

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