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First Edition lll - Rigging work 1000 miles from shore

22 May 2012


Just a couple of days prior to leaving Hampton, Virginia all standing rigging was replaced on s/v First Edition. Today, a thousand miles from shore I noticed shavings and slivers of wood in the cabin at the base of the mast and found many of the wooden wedges between the mast and deck to be loose. Clearly the mast was wobbling! After rummaging through the boat a hickory axe handle was found that I once thought might come in handy, though I had no idea what for - with hammer, chisel & saw, wedges were fashioned from the axe handle, the boot around mast at deck was removed and hickory wedges pounded into place. Then while sailing in light wind tightened the leeward shrouds; tacked and tightened the remaining shrouds and then found plenty of play in the backstay to tighten. So very thankful we were in a high pressure area with light winds and light seas while performing these tasks. All part of the adventure!
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