Up the Mast Again

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February 23,
The day started with hauling Gene up the mast again (via anchor windless). He packed a bucket with a wrench, lubricant and a propane torch and I pulled it up to him with the jib halyard. He was still unable to loosen the tang cups from the threaded tie-bar. After this attempt he emailed the rigging supply company we bought our new rod rigging from and asked about our connection. We found that our coupling has an aluminum tie-bar and a stainless cup. Now he is on the look-out for a saws-all. The hauling went well; practice makes perfect. I guess I’m losing a bit of the fear I have of screwing up. The spreader he’s working on is about 40 feet off the deck and a fall would not be a good way to start the day.

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