The mast continues...

During the intervening period since the last page a lot of real life intruded on completing this folly; first too much work, then not enough work, deaths of friends and family, and finally, a faultering sense of commitment. Twelve years is a long time to invest in a toy that can't be played with. But starting about a month or so ago I realized I was a lot closer to the end than the beginning and it would be a shame, after all this, to join the sad ranks of the almost-builders. There are plenty of good reasons why some boats don't get completed, ill-health or other unforeseen circumstances. Mine was simply disgustedness and laziness. I could cop to depression, but that's too easy. A dyed-in-the-wool cynic can't help being depressed given the state of the world. But it's hardly a reason to quit. In the words of my good buddy, Nehru, "Strength does not come from phisical capacity, it comes from indomitable will."

On with the epic saga...

As with most things, there's a beginning before the real beginning. The mast had been hanging from the basement ceiling for so long, I didn't actually "see" it anymore. The water heater gave up the ghost and we needed a new one, so we, (SWPUWM), thought we should try a tankless heater. Fine... but the ideal location was in a part of the basement that become a black hole for "stuff". With the youngster from across the street, we removed 35 bags of "stuff". About a third went to the thrift store, the rest went right into the trash. I could have bent over backward trying to find new homes for this "stuff", but the truth is there's just too much "stuff" around cluttering up everywhere. In a landfill it will turn into brand new raw materials in a few million years. Maybe even oil.

The water heater installation went as smoothly as can be expected. All of a sudden the basement wasn't a punishment and I saw the forlorn mast saying, "Please don't cut me up and throw me out." Well, there was a lot of thought and effort into it already. And so...

* From the discussion at Junkrig(Yahoo), it was the concensus that while the masthead nav lights are great for visibility at sea, they're not much good in close quarters since no one looks up. The setup on the pilothouse&stern will take care of the typical boat drivers.


Here we are 2/3rds of the fairing coat spread out.

To be continued...


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Written 2011/Feb/27