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3 hours ago, BANYAN said:

Hi Rob, if you are adding the other stays and preventers to the other masts as you work aft, you may need to have at least one forward stay (even if not the final (position etc) to provide some resistance as you tension the others aft?  I also did not do a final securing knot/bend on these until all was well settled so that I could adjust them if needed.

 

cheers

 

Pat

This would be a prudent move.....I agree.  However, I think I will not add the backstays until I first add some of the main stays.  I want them installed inboard before I do outboard work.  It will be some doing, but I agree.

 

I opted to not do the stays tonight, but rather focus on making eye bolts for the many block connections that will be taking place on the masts as well as the yards.

But first I chose to make a new tool to make this process move along much quicker. 

So I fashioned a hoop for my hand  drill...make a collet to fit it because the stainless steel hoop wire was far to small for the drill vice.

Once done I was able to knock out several dozen in no time.

 

Here are a few pix of the job...one with a finished padeye on it....another showing the tool and still another showing the beginning process as I first begin to twist the eye(this one is not finished)

 

Rob

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Now that the yards are all sized...I will begin by starting from the top(disregard the main yards progress...it was done out of sequence), first by rigging the royal yard and mounting it first, then the topgallant, and so forth and so on.......

 

 I lurnt some things...and this time.....I will fully rig the yards prior to mounting.  I hope to expedite the main from experience I gathered from the previous mast.

 

Rob

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22 minutes ago, popeye the sailor said:

wow Rob.....that fore mast looks awesome!  the sails look great and the rigging is mind blowing !   such a beautiful job  ;) 

I appreciate that very much Popeye....effective looking sails can be some of the hardest things to replicate...and keeping the web of rigging that controls them is just as critical.

Now I'm back at the beginning stages again of yard fabrication and rigging for the mainmast.  Much of what I learned along the way of fabricating the foremast will truly expedite this next masts construction.

Foot ropes, stirrups, and eye bolts will all be added prior to install.

I'll be off work for 11 days during the holidays so I hope to get loads of work done.

 

Thanks again for your fine comments and compliments.

 

Rob

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Spent a bit of time this evening making the lower top mast.  Because this design is based on Forbes and not Howes...the lower topsail has a large gin block used for hauling up the spar.

I remembered that I will be adding the yards going up in sequence and THEN coming back down adding the sails in sequence.

Here is a couple pix of my slow progress tonight.

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Once all the yards are mounted, then I will add all the relaxed lifts in sequence.

 

I began the topgallant yard by adding all the eye bolts and the sheet block...now I'm getting ready to rig the foot ropes and stirrups.

The sheet holes have been drilled and chamfered.

 

Rob

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I realized that I could also add items side by side as well as from top to bottom.

Installing all the sagging lifts one side at a time made the process move out faster.

 

Next is making and adding all the blocks needed for the sail rigging and for the yards.   Unlike last time, I'll probably just make all the blocks, then hang them and then run the rigging.   

It is more productive for me to create small projects......making the BIG project come along that much faster......It's all mental....

I'll be back at it tomorrow for an hour or so then CHRISTMAS!

 

Merry Christmas everyone.......

 

Rob

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Once that was all done I moved into making and installing the first of the sails...the royal.

 

It is setting suspended at the right billow..and allowed to dry....then I will add the clew blocks to the clew cringles and finish rigging the bubntlines by adding the bunt blocks on the yard and running the lines down along the mast to the spider rail.

After this is all finished I will begin fabricating the topgallant sail and her rig....

 

Rob

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13 hours ago, capnharv2 said:

Looks great Rob!

 

Question-how did you get your relaxed lifts to hang so perfectly? I always end up with a twisted mess.

 

Thanks,

 

Harvey

Wire.  Then painted black.

No one is going to play with them to see if they are hemp or not...and in many cases, anyway, they were wire cable.

Once tucked amid the numerous other running and standing rigging....they present themselves with great accuracy.  Which is the actual goal anyway.

 

Thanks for the fine comments and interest.

 

Rob

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Instead of using a wad of paper to help extend the sail into a more natural billow and distance from the mast...I used a cotton applicator taped to a alligator clip.  This idea worked out fantastic....I could set the distance easily. Just wait for the glue to dry....(Gonna use this every time)

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One note:  The sails are made slightly longer and when rolled and suspended...when dry..they are easily roped in with the sheets and secured giving the proper billow.

If you make the sails the exact size required..when you billow them, they will be to short.

 

Here are some images where I left off.

 

Rob

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16 hours ago, rwiederrich said:

If you make the sails the exact size required..when you billow them, they will be to short.

Rob this seems counter intuitive. Is this a scaling of Nature issue, similar to the fact that one cannot make scale tubes in a model steam boiler because you cannot scale steam. and in the case of the sails we cannot scale the stretch of the canvas in the non wind?

 

And a happy new year to you and your family.

Michael

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47 minutes ago, michael mott said:

Rob this seems counter intuitive. Is this a scaling of Nature issue, similar to the fact that one cannot make scale tubes in a model steam boiler because you cannot scale steam. and in the case of the sails we cannot scale the stretch of the canvas in the non wind?

 

And a happy new year to you and your family.

Michael

Michael...I would think that a natural sail is not set tight like a drum head..but is rather over sized...and as you suggested...they slightly stretch.

 

My experience with paper is that if you only cut the sail exactly the right size...the surface used to create the billow will indeed rob from the length....making the sail short.  So experimentation has proven this to be true.

 

Rob

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After the sail was dry, I shackled up the sheets and reefed in the clews.

 

Still have to add the reef points,  the leach lines, clew lines and the downhauls.

 

But I'm getting there...and then the mast will get stepped into the hull.

 

Rob

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