The rudder, keel, daggerboards and mast step
remain in the same location in the hull.
In the lower hull, the bottom of the mast step
, centerboard trunk and cockpit bailer were ground down until they were flush with the hull.
Install a mast step
in your PuddleDuck according to the plan: a well-epoxied upper thwart with a mast-sized hole in the center and a plug of wood or 2 1/2" ID plumbing pipe on a wood base and sized to slip a few inches up into the hollow mast interior.
Don't cover the drain holes on the sides of the mast step
The 22-year-old keel is heavier, the mast step
moved back two feet, a bow sprit installed, the motor replaced and a new carbon rudder is due to be fitted soon.
As we suspected, the two masts had differences in their pre bend which we addressed through tuning aft of the straighter mast's mast step
. Soon we had both mainsails flying shapes looking exactly the same, from both on and off" the boats.
As we suspected, the two masts had differences in their prebend which we addressed through tuning aft of the straighter mast's mast step
. Soon we had both mainsails flying shapes looking exactly the same, from both on and off the boats.
The standard headsail is a relatively small self-tacker on another long jib traveller track forward of the mast step
. It furls and unfurls extremely easily from the aft cockpit where all lines run to Spinlock jammers/rope clutches on port and starboard hulls.
With sweptback spreaders, no backstay runners are required, but the crew has the ability to adjust mast rake before a race with the use of a shims under the mast step
and by adjusting the forestay for tensioning or softening the rig.
The mast step
and keel bolts are also secured to the frame.
He describes such aspects as fastenings, square frames and floors, mast steps
and mast trusses, hull ornamentations, and rigging.
The triple spreader design incorporates spreader lights under the first set of spreaders and mast steps
up to boom height.