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  1. popeye2sea

    make white preformed sails look better

    The only thing I can definitely say about vacu-formed sails is that you should glue a bolt rope in all around. If you try to make holes in them to add robands, hanks, blocks, rigging, etc. they will rip and pull out. The bolt rope will allow you to fasten all these items to it without tearing your sail. If your feeling very ambitious you can fashion the bolt rope into the various cringles needed to attach sheets, tacks, bowlines, buntlines, etc.. You can even run a line across at the reef bands in order to attach reef points. Regards,
  2. popeye2sea

    Run of the Fore Tack

    This lead for the sheets seems kind of odd to me. If you had sails set here the clews would be pulled off in the direction of the shrouds. Not very efficient. Regards,
  3. popeye2sea

    Run of the Fore Tack

    I have been doing some thinking on the subject of tack lines on the fore sail. It seems to me that the only tack line that would matter would be the one to windward holding the clew forward and down. The lead of this tack would be more up and down when on a wind and so should not foul any other lines. The lee tack would be slack. The way I would solve the the fair lead problem would be to look at the where the clew of the fore sail would come to when braced up hard, and run the tack in the manner that reduces fouling and chafe to a minimum in this position. Regards,
  4. popeye2sea

    Running Pendants for MS's Constitution

    The mast pendants for the fore and main hang down about a third of the way down the mast in pairs. The mast pendants on the mizzen are called burton pendants, but they are the same thing except usually rigged one per side.. On the fore mast the aft pendant is a little longer and on the main the forward one is. In earlier centuries these pendants had either a fiddle block or a double block turned in on the ends. Their tackles lead down to blocks stropped with hooks and hooked into eyebolts in the channels. During the time of the Constitution the pendants are fitted with thimbled eyes at their ends and the associated tackles were hooked in when needed. The reason these pendants are fitted over the mast head first is that their primary purpose initially was to hook the tackles into the deadeye laniards so that they can be hove taut when setting up the shrouds. Thereafter, they are used to do the heavy lifting for the ship. A pendant and runner can be rigged between the pendant on the fore and one on the main to have a tackle over the main hatch. When not in use the mast pendants were lashed to a shroud. Most models I have seen just show them hanging with no tackle rigged. In fact, that is the way that Constitution has them today. Regards,
  5. popeye2sea

    Running Pendants for MS's Constitution

    Those tackles were usually only rigged when needed.
  6. popeye2sea

    Boom rigging question

    Just to bring it all home to your rigging plan, the studdingsail booms are part numbers 165, 167, and 169. Regards
  7. I find that taping and masking are more of a nuisance than they are worth and I always end up having to go back and fix stuff anyway. I get a much better result with just controlling the flow of paint off the brush. I never mask anymore. Regards,
  8. popeye2sea

    Wooden yard question

    I've got some pictures to show you of the Constitutions topsail, topgallant, and royal yards. Hopefully you can see the fittings for the yoke and parrel arrangement. Also shown are the yardarm cleats and fittings for the outer studdingsail boom irons, as well as the sheaves for the sheets. The horses and stirrups are attached to the yards. At the center of the yards you can see the additional wood padding out the center section with the halliard blocks. There are no quarter cleats on the front of the yards. On the top mast yard, in addition to the iron jackstays there seems to be another rope one. Not sure what the purpose for this rope stay is. Perhaps it is for use as a man rope or hand hold for working aloft. This is the only sail that currently gets set on the ship. Also seen in the center section of the topsail yard is the net-like bunt gasket. Hanging from underneath the yards are additional blocks with their rose lashings above. I hope you find these useful. Regards,
  9. Superb work! I love the way it looks, but man! your going to have a heck of a job painting all of that. I know how long it took me to paint the considerably fewer decorations on the original piece. My hats off to you, sir! Regards,
  10. popeye2sea

    Wooden yard question

    There is a fitting that looks something like this on every yard: This fitting both helps secure the yard to the mast an allows it to stand off the mast a bit. The surface that bears against the mast is leathered. I will look to see if I have any pictures of the yards to show the details of the yoke and cleats. Regards,
  11. popeye2sea

    Main top bowline bitts

    The fore topsail bowlines will lead from the sail forward to a pair of leading blocks on the fore topmast stay at about the level of the fore yard and then through two blocks attached to the bowsprit somewhere near the the collar of the fore stay. They then went directly to the forecastle rail or sometimes they went through the gammon block. Most often they belayed to the rail at the fo'c's'le or the "range" (a pin rail across the head). If to the range they sometimes went through an additional pair of blocks a little way up the fore stay. At times they were taken back up to blocks under the fore top and down to the deck from there. Regards, My apologies, I misread your post and gave you the info for the fore and not the main. The main topsail bowlines will run to leading blocks under the after ends of the fore trestle trees and then down to the deck. They will belay to whatever fitting you have abaft the foremast, whether that is set of bitts with a cross beam or a fife rail with belaying pins. I do not think there would be a separate set of bowline bitts.
  12. What a superb job you have done with her. She looks fantastic.
  13. popeye2sea

    Merchant Pinrail Diagrams

    Harold Underhill has a book called Masting and Rigging the Clipper Ship and Ocean Carrier. He describes the standard and usual method of rigging for civilian ships. Also included is a fold out diagram of the belaying locations with a comprehensive and cross referenced index. I think it is a great resource. Regards,
  14. popeye2sea

    question on Bentinck shroud

    The photos posted above by Captain Poison show the bentinck shrouds aboard USS Constitution. The legs of the shroud consist of a length of line with an eye at both ends. The legs are wormed, parcelled, and served their entire length. The shroud legs are doubled and passed through a thimble spliced into the end of the bentinck shroud. The ends of the legs are seized to the lower shrouds at the futtock stave. If you look closely at the pic you will see that the innermost pair of legs go the middle shroud and are seized one above the other. The remaining pairs are seized to each successive shroud moving out from the center. The bentinck shroud itself leads down to the opposite waterway where it has a heart turned in. It sets up with a laniard rove through the two hearts. The lower heart is shackled to an eyebolt in the waterway. The number of legs for your bentinck shrouds usually equals the number of futtock shrouds and should splice to the same lower shrouds as the futtock shrouds. Regards,

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