Connecting/Disconnecting the Shrouds
Mike Moody and Pat Dolan report the following
method for disconnecting or connecting the shrouds without adjusting the
turnbuckles will enable you to avoid having to readjust the tension in
the shrouds each time you step or unstep the mast. The method was taught
Mike and Pat by Brian Hayes of North Sails at a regatta in Nashville,
TN. It requires two people.
- Remove mast blocks.
- Disconnect the back stay
- Disconnect one lower shroud. Take the tension
off the shroud by standing on the foredeck and pushing the mast toward
- Disconnect the upper shroud that is next to
the remaining connected lower shroud (on the other side of the boat
from the lower you disconnected in step 3). Take the tension off the
shroud by pulling the remaining connected lower shroud and the forestay
toward each other. Using sailing gloves may be useful.
- Disconnect the remaining lower shroud. Take
tension off by pushing the mast toward the stern if necessary.
- Disconnect the remaining upper shroud. There
will be no tension at this point.
- Disconnect the forestay.
To connect, reverse the process:
- Make sure the mast is properly seated.
- Connect the forestay.
- Connect one upper shroud.
- Connect the opposite lower shroud.
- Connect the remaining upper shroud. Relieve
tension by pulling the connected lower shroud and the forestay toward
each other. Using sailing gloves may be useful.
- Connect the remaining lower shroud. Relieve
tension by pushing the mast toward the stern.
- Connect the backstay.