All of the lowers and one upper are in

Last week we set the lower main and mizzen masts in. Here’s how it went. The crane can only reach so far over the boat, so we had to turn the boat around and slip her into the lift dock.

The riggers had stayed up late getting the rig set up, and after sliding on the tops and cross trees, they laid it all out and got it ready for the crane.

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The mizzen is on the left and the main is on the right.

Although we were near the end of the day, Matt decided that we were far enough ahead to get the main stepped. We made a big push,

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and Sara placed the 1841 silver dollar in the step.

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(that’s borate around the coin)

The crane arrived and set up just as the final rigging was prepped, and up she went.

No photos of the mast going into the boat since I was down in the hold by that point. But coming out, it was a beautiful sight.

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Matt was right, we had just enough light to get her in. That’s the moon coming up behind her.

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The next morning, we stepped the mizzen. Much of the setup had been done the day before, so the prep was pretty easy.

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Ann placed the coin for this mast, a 2013 silver dollar.

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By 9:30 she was in and looking good.

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Artists from the Dalvero Academy were on hand to document the event.

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They have been drawing the project for quite some time, and you can view some of their work at the Academy’s website.  Each artist has a link at the bottom of the main page.  There’s some beautiful work there.

Since the lowers were in so early, we had time to set the main topmast as well. Matt, Alex, and the rigging crew prepped the rig.

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Since the ratlins weren’t set up on the main, we sent a ladder over to get Alex up on the top.

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A second ladder provided access to the very top of the main.

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Alex and Matt will need that second ladder for fitting the cap onto the tenon at the top of the main.

The main top has some additional spreaders that attach to the cross trees. These are the long segments angling down.

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We call them Way Back Spreaders, although I’m not sure that this is their Official name. It works just fine for us though.

And up she goes.

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You can see the cap being positioned above the tenon at the top of the mast here.

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The foot of the topmast goes into a boxed section in the main top. You can just see it protruding through the lower left side of the top. The foot is octagonal.

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And the cap is set in place.

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There was even time to move the Morgan back to her usual location, bow-in towards the land.

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It’s very good to see her looking more and more like a sailing vessel and less like a barge!