So this whole setup is supposed to keep the mast at the height the designer wanted it. But what happens over time when the boat is sailed the deck beam relaxes and the deck drops down a bit. No problem one would think. It will only go so far. True...but this is not a good thing as the rigging gets loose, etc. OK now onto the fix for Nellie Jo....
|Misty Blue before I bought her. Wasn't she lovely with the tarp, deck box and pink 3 wheel bike all on deck!|
A Westsail 32 37 years old should have a dished in deck if she had been sailed much. Guess what Nellie Jo still has her curve which means she was not sailed very much at all. I had another indicator when I looked at the sails and found them to be near new with no, I repeat NO broken stitching on any of them. I am pretty sure they are the factory sails.
So Bud says to keep the deck from dishing refer to page A-19 of his service manual. So I did and found the solution. (Isn't it nice to have an up to date service manual on a 1975 boat!) I ordered the bolts, nuts and washers from Bud and did the install this weekend. I measured, drilled and installed five bolts through the deck beam into the bulkhead. This allows the weight from the deck to be transferred to the deck beam to the bulkhead. This will keep Nellie Jo from losing her curve. A girl has to keep her curves...right?
Below are a few shots of the backside cap nuts.
One of the bolts are in the mast wiring box seen above.
Oh, it was too noisy for the wiener dog inside so she sunbathed outside for awhile.
(Nancy this picture is for you!)