May 26, 2013

The launch and stepping the mast

We launched finally on Thursday and the mast was stepped on Friday. It is interesting when we have spent a lot of time during the winter to fix things at the boat, but still the last hour before the scheduled launch was so hectic to get everything done. I guess that it is another law of boating: the boat is 'ready' when the tractor/crane arrives...

For example, a jammed septic tank through-hull ball valve caused some grey hairs, but fortunately it came alive after spraying some penetrating oil.
/Antti


 The mast was cleaned and treated with lamp oil

Cleaning and oiling the rigging screws




6 comments:

  1. What do you have on the port spridare? No idea what the name is in english =)

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    1. Hi Adam, on the port spreader we have an aerial for the TV. How did you end up treating your mast?

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    2. I used parafine oil. What brand is it of that Aerail and what type? What kind of tv do you have? Any special one for marine use?

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    3. Unfortunately I do not remember the brand of the aerial, but I guess that it is designed for a marine use (it came with the boat). TV is just a normal household Samsung.

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  2. Interesting to hear that you used lamp oil for cleaning the mast. We found oil that was meant for aluminium and used it, good stuff, but how does lamp oil work? Does it smell a lot?

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    1. We have previously been using paraffin oil for mast, which is recommended by Selden. This year we decided to try the lamp oil since it was recommended by our boatyard. But I cannot really tell about the difference of these products as this is the first time using the lamp oil. So if you want to follow Selden's guidelines, I guess that the paraffin oil might be a better option. But I do not know if there is a difference in practice.

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It would be very great to hear your opinion or comments. Thank you in advance for commenting! -Antti & Minna