Refit Love… the continuing tale

So you might think that by living in the north and as winter slowly approaches us, there would be plenty of time to write another blog entry? This is partially true, but it still seems that time flies by and we lose track of time.  In my last blog entry, I had mentioned that I had headed down to our sailing boat, BlueTale, to have some work and upgrades done by Blackline Marine just outside of Sidney, BC in Canoe Cove.  I took BlueTale over on October 7th and made arrangements with Brent of Blackline Marine to meet on Tuesday, October 8th and go over the ‘plan’ of what needed to be worked on.

I met with Brent early in the morning and we went over the list of items that I wanted him to check over while the boat is on the hard.  The biggest project was to have the mast pulled, sanded, cleaned, and repainted, and upgrade our tri-lite, strobe, windex, and deck light (all of which were aged-out/not functioning).  Have all the standing rigging and whisker stays replaced, and have them inspect and if needed, replace the seacocks (we couldn’t close them this summer).  Blackline used their new travel-lift to pull BlueTale out of the water and put her on the hard.  It was scary to see her come out of the water and be removed from her element, but had to happen if we wanted the repairs to be done!

Getting ready for the haul-out!

Getting ready for the haul-out!

Hauling out the boat

Hauling out the boat

Cleaning the bottom

Cleaning the bottom

Later in the morning, after the boat was pulled and the bottom cleaned, Brent and I went over the remainder of the list of other things that needed to be done. I also decided to run the halyards into the mast, so we’ll see how works out once she’s back in the water. I hung around and helped them pull the running rigging & booms, etc. and watched the mast get pulled. Cool to watch, and of course who wouldn’t want to have their own personal crane to hang around in? – Rob

Getting Blue Tale ready...

Getting Blue Tale ready…

Just hanging out!

Just hanging out!

Getting the mast ready!

Getting the mast ready!

Mast is down!

Mast is down!

Top of mast!

Top of mast!

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4 responses to “Refit Love… the continuing tale

  1. Hey there— newbies to sailing and boat ownership… How often do you pull your MAST completely up and out for inspection? We are in process of closing on a mid-sized boat (<40') and reading this blog makes me wonder about this 30 yr old boat and her mast. Would appreciate listening to your thought process on the whole MAST thing. Cheers, T & K

    • Hey Thomas & Kelly, I just realized that maybe my initial reply to you may not have gone through (can’t see it)??? We’ve only had our boat since 2011 (it was built in 1977) and while going through the pre-purchase surveys we never had a rigging survey done; I would recommend it along with your mech/hull surveys before buying. I would only pull the mast if you suspect issues or want/need to do, upgrades/repaint; otherwise I would go up the mast (bos’n chair) and do a visual inspection of your own and make a list of issues you may come across. Crawl/climb/peek into every area on your boat; builds character and you get to know your boat intimately. – Rob

    • Hey Tate, yeah I wish we could be more involved in this refit but still it was good helping out and watching the mast come down. Of course they make it look so easy using the crane.

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