I went back into the archives and found some old MAIB articles about
Micro Upgrades. I read the comments you made about dropping the mast
and what Phil said. I've been thinking about it and came up with
what seems like a solution. The problem is that as the booms move
parallel to the mast when the mast is lowered, the lines holding the
boom yokes to the mast grow tight. If these lines were connected to
the forward end of the yoke, where they would have to be longer they
would become loose as the boom moves parallel to the mast, or stay
the same tension. Thus everything could be left hooked up with
enough slack to pivot the boom yet be tight enough to keep the booms
close to the mast. This could be greatly complicated by the stacking
of the boom, battens and gaff but I'm going to look into it.
I will wait until I receive my plans to look them over before writing
to Phil about the modification. One problem I see could be a
tendency to jam preventing the boom (yard or batten) from dropping.
On my current boat I have experimented with epoxy with teflon powder
mixed in. The result is quite slippery. I have it on my booms and
gaffs ends and their yokes where they rub on the mast. I also
thought I'd dip the parrell (sp) beads in the stuff so they can spin
and slide easily. I'll post what Phil says but that might be some time.
On 5 May, 2008, at 11:19 AM, Bruce Hallman wrote:
> To be entirely candid, I mostly use my Micro Navigator as a "marina
> hangout". ...
> > > >
> > > > It is always a good idea to try to build 'per plans' as
> > > > designs usually end up with surprises.
> > > >
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