THE RIGHT STUFF

Mast In­stal­la­tion

Passage Maker - - Contents - Steve Zim­mer­man

The cabin top on this Downeast cruiser has been well ex­e­cuted. Let’s start with the mast: The wide foot­print of the base will spread the load nicely, avoid­ing flex that would in­vite leaks. The air horns slope down­ward, an im­por­tant de­tail that will help them drain quickly. I like the re­dun­dancy— two GPS an­ten­nas and two VHF an­ten­nas. And the ex­tra el­e­va­tion of the VHF an­ten­nas will ex­tend their range a bit, by roughly a cou­ple of miles. The life raft has been placed free and clear of ob­struc­tions and lends it­self well to the adage, “Al­ways step up into the life raft.” A handrail nearby would be help­ful, though, as rough con­di­tions might make stand­ing some­what chal­leng­ing. At the aft end, three flex­i­ble low- pro­file so­lar pan­els have been in­stalled. This lo­ca­tion gives them open ex­po­sure to sun­light and out- of- the- way pro­tec­tion, while pro­duc­ing over 300 watts of en­ergy.

Fi­nally, small pen­nant hal­yards have been fit­ted to the spread­ers, pro­vid­ing a way to ob­serve yacht­ing eti­quette when fly­ing cour­tesy flags.

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