Splintered

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    Sailing, boat building, flying

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  1. Splintered

    Fireball build part deux.

    Thanks major Tom.
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    Fireball build part deux.

    Thanks for the reply. I’ve mounted the step against the forward bulkhead so that I can get the mast as far forward as possible. The step is long enough so that I can set it aft of the bulkhead about 2 inches. Another Question: the mainsail halyard is cable for a length about 1 foot longer than the mast. This means the if the main sail is fully hoisted the cable to cord (loop to loop) connection is pulled outside the heal by about a foot. I’m concerned that this connection will chafe going in and out of the mast heal. As I see it my options are: cut the cable part down so that the connection is always in the mast, tape over the connection to limit the wear or use heat shrink over the connection so the it limits the wear of the loop to loop connection. Ive replaced the cord part of the halyard with a 5mm modern material from APS. Thanks for your help.
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    Fireball build part deux.

    I’m back at it after training for a marathon, honey do’s and other assorted bull shit. Rule 9.14 says mast needs to be 75mm aft of forward bulkhead. Usually the rules are quite specific as to what that means. My guess is it’s 75mm from the aft surface of the forward bulkhead to the forward surface of the mast when it’s stepped. Am am I being too anal?
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    Old fireball proctor mast trapeze issue.

    T-terminal plates fitted at the original stay exit points.
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    Old fireball proctor mast trapeze issue.

    I had to elongate the original sleeve hole to accommodate the t-terminal plates. As you can see, the sleeve hole was pretty big.Now I wait for rivets and lanacoat from aps. The lower holes is where the original stays exited the mast. I have two more plates so I could fit them there. I wish these t-terminal plates came with an external trim piece. Maybe I can make something up out of thin aluminum.
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    Old fireball proctor mast trapeze issue.

    Thanks
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    Old fireball proctor mast trapeze issue.

    I removed the sleeve. It appears to me that fitting the t-terminal plate where the sleeve was located, or lower, where the stays exited the mast, will both fit the rules. It will be easier to install the plates where the sleeve was located and I’ve already figured out a procedure for that. Fitting the plates lower where the stays exited the mast would be a bit more problematic. I’ve already briefly gotten my fingers caught in there once. Walking down to the emergency room with a proctor mast over my shoulder would no doubt get me front page billing on SA. I also have 2 tangs. I could locate them where the stays exited the mast and use the t-terminals at the sleeve location for the trap wires. I could also also put both the stays and the trap wires at the same t-terminal where the sleeve was and fill the holes where the stays exited with rivets. Will any stainless pop rivit do? The rivets at aps seem basic enough, I’m just wondering if a can use something sourced locally. Hopefully more pictures shortly. Again, thanks for all your help.
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    Old fireball proctor mast trapeze issue.

    This old magic box is working pretty rough. Maybe some wd-40 will get it going again. I’m not sure a new one would mount in the same fashion. I’m guessing it could be mounted anywhere in the boat, not necessarily on the mast.
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    Old fireball proctor mast trapeze issue.

    Is this some sort of jib tensioning device?
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    Old fireball proctor mast trapeze issue.

    I’ve purchesed 4 t-ball plates. I’m not sure if I’ll attach the shrouds and trap wires to the same ones or not. We’ll see how it goes. In the mean time, who can identify this gizmo? It’s at the base of the mast, aft.
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    Old fireball proctor mast trapeze issue.

    That’s me! The boats in the garage. The temp hasn’t been above 20f in like 3 months. I brought the spars down into the basement where it’s like 50f. Even though it seems silly to be putting all this work into old spars, it’s really all I can do until it warms up. I’m having fun with it. I had actually briefly considered building wood spars, but thought better of it.
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    Old fireball proctor mast trapeze issue.

    Here’s the rest of the project. This picture is a bit out of date. I’ve since painted the hull and installed some hardware.
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    Old fireball proctor mast trapeze issue.

    Drill, file, riveting and tapping—yes. Lathe and Bridgeport I might need some help.