The Making of New Masts

This summer Reid went to check out the Schooner Anne and found out that she had some rot in her masts. The mast tops had been repaired in Guyana just four years ago, but they needed work again. When the masts came out of the boat and were laid down in an industrial yard not too far away, Reid realized they needed more than just a big splice job. They needed to be replaced. Having a low budget forces us to get creative, just like we have been since forever. So Reid calls up a company that sells telephone poles and logs to build piers. After explaining the situation, he manages to get a good deal on two trees that are still pretty raw looking. They just have the bark stripped off and have been kiln dried.

After 3 months of hacking away chunks of wood with an adze, then power planing, then sanding, staining, varnishing, and welding a few pieces of rigging to replace old parts, Reid is finally ready to put the new masts into the Anne. It will take another week or two of hard work to reconnect all the long rigging cables, turnbuckles, and a few choice halyards (ropes) so that the masts are firmly installed and staunchly ready for its first adventure on the water.




schooner Anne masts

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