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Date Posted: - Sunday - 10/25/15 - 11:39am
Author: Terry Kelly
Subject: M32 mizzen step

Here's a stupid question after all these years: What is the distance from the aft bulkhead to the mizzen step center?

I got to looking at some of the drawings of the 32, and it looks as if the step should be farther back than I placed it. perhaps, which would put a slight forward pull on the mizzen.

Will the mizzen stand upright in utterly calm conditions without the triatic?

See I told you the question was dumb....but I'd appreciate the spec from the original if possible.

Thx.

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[> the answer is ... -- Ardi, - Monday - 10/26/15 - 2:24pm

If you don't have forward lower shrouds in the mizzen, it will not stay up without the triatic. The masts are not vertical, they are supposed to lean back about 3-5 degrees. The decks on our boats are not made from mold, so I doubt that you will find the right answer comparing her to the other boats, there will be a little difference from boat to boat. So ... But I believe that the center of the mast should be strait inline between the upper shrouds. That should be the right place.

Good luck

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[> [> M32 mizzen step -- Terry Kelly, - Monday - 10/26/15 - 3:38pm

Thanks for the reply.

That's how she's set up now, inline with the uppers and with a bit of rake.

I just got to wondering about failure of the triadic or loss of the main, and what might be done in such a disaster. Too much time on my hands with her out of the water for the winter.

Since we don't venture out in conditions where we'd be likely to lose the main, I don't really worry about that. Our triadic is a line led from the main through a block at the mizzen head and down to a cleat, so periodic inspection and replacement is what I do now. It can also be undone and cast off without too much difficulty, so maybe I'll go find something else to be paranoid about.

Again, thanks for the reply.

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