Otra Vez is in Newport getting ready for the 160th Annual Regatta. She is based out of the Hinckley yard for the season and we are tackling quite a list of maintenance items.
The bobstay was due for change and I am glad we did, the pin on the hull side of the stay had a nice crack and wouldn't have lasted much longer. We are building quite a list of "things that should be changed annually" and the bobstay pins will be added to it.
The keel has been on since Key West and after the upwind bashing in St Barths a torque check was in order. We are lucky in that we have all the equipment to do this in a calibrated and professional fashion. In the end every bolt needed at least 1/8 of a turn to get back to the specified torque values.
The vang is getting a re-designed sheave box at the mast base and the carbon fabrication should start today.