The Big, Black Erection.

Whangarei, New Zealand

By: Kerry

It’s been frustrating. It’s been a steep learning curve. It’s been exhausting. We could have bought a whole new boat for the price of it. But we now have a very big, black, shiny new mast.

It’s quite different to our old mast, save that it’s also built of carbon fibre. This time around, we’ve taken steps to ensure it ain’t going to topple over again: we now have spreaders (as opposed to a free-standing spar) and newly-engineered chain plates on the coach house roof (a failed chain plate was what caused the dismasting) and it’s now black instead of white. There are numerous other modifications, and the erection process was a tad nerve-wracking (see pix) but suffice to say it’s now upright and we’re ready to rock and roll.

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