Sails Away

In a new in­stall­ment in a se­ries on re­fit­ting a clas­sic-plas­tic Pear­son 36, the fo­cus shifts to the sails and rig­ging. THE SNOEK CHRON­I­CLES BY ONNE VAN DER WAL

Cruising World - - Contents - By Onne van der Wal

Mast, rig­ging and sails all get a face-lift in an old Pear­son re­vamp.

Be­tween fall 2015 and sum­mer 2016, I con­ducted a ma­jor re­fit of a Pear­son 36 named Snoek af­ter a fish I used to catch while grow­ing up in South Africa (see “The Snoek Chron­i­cles, Hands-on Sailor 2017; “Plumb Crazy,” April 2017; and “Deck, Mate,” June/july 2017). My first ar­ti­cle was an over­view of the project; the second fo­cused on plumb­ing; the third on deck lay­outs. Go­ing for­ward, I’ll delve into other parts of the boat to present a de­tailed record of the work in­volved. This month, we’ll take a bet­ter look at the sails and rig­ging. Here is what the mast looked like when I pulled it out of the boat (top left). You can see the hor­ren­dous cor­ro­sion go­ing on. I de­cided to cut 3 or 4 inches off the bot­tom — it looked like the dog had been eating it. Then I had the prob­lem of how to fix it. I solved the prob­lem with a cou­ple of pieces of a ma­te­rial called G10, a bul­let­proof fiber­glass-and-epoxy lam­i­nate that I had pro­fes­sion­ally cut on a laser cut­ter. I gave the guys a por­tion of the ex­tru­sion that I cut off the mast to use as a tem­plate. The idea was to have one sec­tion that would fit in­side the mast and another on which the mast would sit. I epox­ied the two pieces to­gether, then drilled and tapped them to make a sin­gle plat­form (right). Once the mast was re-stepped, you could see how much I’d short­ened it. I also ended up drilling some holes in the fiber­glass in­sert so it could drain any wa­ter that got down there (above left). Now we’ll never have those cor­ro­sion prob­lems again.

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