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Adding blocks at bottom of mast

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Slycat777 says:

This is the step I added to my boat:

www.flickr.com/photos/52955484@N06/5491192553/in/photostream

It served me well (apart from leaking a bit!) and for next season I'd like to add additional blocks at the base of the mast. I'd like to run some new reefing lines back to the cockpit as well as add an uphaul/downlaul for a spinny and also run back the main sail and jib halyards.

My mast is the design that has the halyards running inside the mast and then out a slot around chest height and to a cleat.

Any suggestions for how/where to attach blocks? I could easily fit a bunch of standing blocks by bolting through the coach roof but I really dont like drilling more holes right through and it would make the coach roof a bit messy too.
8:04AM, 14 November 2011 PDT (permalink)

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Amelie (Bazzo-nl) says:

Hi, see the following pics of my base:
www.flickr.com/photos/41603094@N06/5945882557/in/photostream
www.flickr.com/photos/41603094@N06/5945882565/in/photostream
www.flickr.com/photos/41603094@N06/5945882573/in/photostr...
The standing wheel-thingys were allready on it, the things that were added are the upstanding side-bars with the holes..

Maybee usefull, good luck!
95 months ago (permalink)

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Slycat777 says:

Very useful !

How did you attach the fittings on the sides to the original base?
95 months ago (permalink)

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Amelie (Bazzo-nl) says:

I'm not sure what you mean by 'fitting's', but;
I didn't do it myself, but 'they' are welded (and the whole thing was re-sprayed)

The (at this moment - just one) block is simply attached with a shackle (more to come in the future).
Maybee i will put a little spring on it so it doesn't fall on deck when there is no tension on the line..

I have uploaded some extra pictures in my photostream (Set: Mast-base)
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Amelie (Bazzo-nl) edited this topic 95 months ago.

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Slycat777 says:

ahhh welded.. ok.

Is it aluminium?
95 months ago (permalink)

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Amelie (Bazzo-nl) says:

Yes, but it's not normal alumunium though. It is some pretty hard alloy.. (like i said, i didn't do it myself - i don't know how to do it, let alone what material needs what kind of welding :-) ).
95 months ago (permalink)

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