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A different way of raising the mast.

Crane operator at Calliste stern

Crane operator at Calliste stern

Doug saw this being done in Australia on Calliste and thought it was so simple that there is no reason to do it any other way… but the expert and the regular boat mast raising crane operator here in Port Townsend don’t agree.

Here comes the hook

Here comes the hook

So instead of using Olympic Crane (formally Julian Arthur Crane services), we hired a larger and better crane from United Craftsmen to do it Doug’s way. Business owner Dan was very positive about the plan and overall Doug just like his attitude.

So this was how we did it.

2 halyards in the hook, mast is set to go up.

2 halyards in the hook, mast is set to go up.

BTW, check out the blue skies. It was kinda hard to find a nice day like this in April… is this an unusually windy and wet spring? Newbies here wants to know.

Doug handling the butt end.

Doug handling the butt end.

mast raising (7)

Mast upright

A man on the crane, the signal man on the hook and Doug on the ground manning the butt end with a trolley. .. and me to record all this … seems like I have the best job of them all 🙂

As the top end of the mast is being raised, the butt end on the trolley draws in until the mast is upright. That is simple isn’t it? The trolley idea came from Raffles yard in Singapore.

Its going up!

Its going up!

The best part of using the halyards (instead of strapping under the top spreader bases), is that the mast is raised upright (and not at an angle), so there is less muscling the butt end into the hole. Notice how upright the mast is going up.

A new way of looking at "hanging by the thread"

A new way of looking at “hanging by the thread”

Up up and away!  Now its time for the signal man and Doug to run up the deck to guide the butt end into the hole.

Men at work, securing the rig.

Men at work, securing the rig.

Once its past the deck hole, its time for Doug to go into the cabin and guide it onto the keel plate. That’s done and next to secure the rig with staysail, shrouds and backstay.

Hooks down, halyards back.

Hooks down, halyards back.

Job done, hook comes down with the halyards in tow. Halyards released and back in position.

The sexy mobile crane going home

The sexy mobile crane going home

Crane transformed back into a vehicle and off it goes. How nice, a modern and fully hydraulic crane manned by 2 man who hardly spoke… just hand signals. Comparing that to the scene the regular crane operator working on another boat …. that was a old crane, cussing operator and took way longer than 20 mins than we did.

… and much to our surprise, the sexy crane cost less than the other bid … cos it was done in less time. $100 for 1 hour job… that is fabulous! Raffles cost us $450! For reference, the other bid was $125.

 

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