Mayflower II’s Main top mast

The main topmast is rigged much in the same way as the fore top mast. Two main differences are the weight of everything on the main top is at least fifty percent heavier than the fore top mast and the starting location of the spar.rse is different. We have to take part of the dock … [Read more…]

the fore yard

When we last left rig-up we had the sprit yard and fore topmast in place. The next spar in the sequence is the fore yard. Swinging the yards up in place is somewhat easier than the mast because the yards remain horizontal the entire time, well, hopefully they remain horizontal. All we have to do … [Read more…]

Sprit yard

So… The yard we start with first, almost always, is the sprityard. It has all the same rigging as the other yards but because it is on a mast, (the bowsprit) that is at an angle the yard can sometimes be troublesome to rig. So we start with the sprit to get it out of … [Read more…]

Rig-Up, You don’t use a crane?

Over the course of the next week or so I will document the rig-up process we use on Mayflower II. Every year, for the past fifty years, the marine artisans department has removed the ship’s rig in the fall and set it back up in the spring after overhauling everything during the winter. It is … [Read more…]

The season winds down

The excitement of launching the new workboat has worn down. The hustle and bustle of preparing for and sailing Mayflower II has past. After the celebratory and congratulatory parties are over there remains clutter of a very busy year. It is not he only thing we are doing now but some of our time is … [Read more…]

The season winds down

The excitement of launching the new workboat has worn down. The hustle and bustle of preparing for and sailing Mayflower II has past. After the celebratory and congratulatory parties are over there remains clutter of a very busy year. It is not he only thing we are doing now but some of our time is … [Read more…]

Launch Day, Plus six

I know the launch of our new boat happened nearly a week ago a lot has happened in between that has prevented me from posting something about it. It is hard to stay up late watching the Red Sox clinch the American League Pennant and care about other stuff going on in the world. How … [Read more…]

Details

The devil is in the details, they always say. Here is a nice little detail and Jack is looking kind of devilish. Jack turned the little knobs for the console on our lathe. He used ash and wanna. Wanna, as you may know is a south American hard wood, ideal for boat work. We have … [Read more…]