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Save The mistress!


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So a while back had a disaster with Capri (I call her my mistress!). Mast support beam cracked, just enough to drop mast about 1/4". Was sailing under sporty conditions, lots of strain on the rigging! Discovered that the wood was moist and deteriorating. Saw another thread where similar happened, and skipper made a huge effort to repair the beam. Cut out the bad beam and fiberglassed a new one in.
I could probably do the same but don't have the time, so I consulted with a pro boat repair guy. We came up with the design you see here. His first thought was to run a pipe down to the keel board, but that would have destroyed the slick battery system that I made. So we cantilevered across the top with his clever piping design. And sandwiched with composite board above, bolted through a flange connected to pipe below. Just cranked up on the pipe union piece to add support pressure. Also installed composite boards on both sides, secured to the original boards, to provide solid anchorment for the flanges on the side.
I've had a bunch of sporty outings and the repair holds solid. Now as we know, without the support being repaired the sailing days for Mistress would be over. I've put a ton of $$ and time into refurbishing this old 1986 Mod 1. Only paid $1200 for it 5 years ago, and I can say that this repair cost me a heck of a lot more than that! But I recovered about half of my season, plus saved my boat from the dumpster! If anybody needs work done on their boats I could put you in touch with him, he ain't cheap but the quality of the work is worth it. I'm in the Chicago area.
Also see the jib set up I use rather than spending $500 to convert to roller reefing. Had nice brass hanks installed, A bit of small line and a $2.00 fitting did the trick. You keep tension on the halyard with tag line, makes it easy to raise/lower jib, tie it up in a tube on the deck. Now without a tiller tender to keep your helm this setup would not work. You can see it on the bottom of tiller on my boat shot.
Finally see the snugger tubes that guide the boat into position. Put some matching colored tape on them to hit the perfect depth for trailer immersion.
There's a bunch of other stuff i could expound upon, that will come another day.