Assembling sails 3 and 4

I’m afraid this description of our September working party is a bit late!

Sail 3 assembled

Sail 3 assembled

We are preparing for the next sail lift day when we put sails 3 and 4 and the fantail into position. In order to do this, we mounted sail 3 onto the stock and then fitted all of the backstays. Once we’d done that we could put sail 4 onto trestles and assemble that one too.

You can see the "twist" in the angle of the stays

You can see the “twist” in the angle of the stays

We also needed to give the fanstar and hoops another coat of paint.

scarfing in a piece of new wood to repair the old

scarfing in a piece of new wood to repair the old

Finally, we carried on with some repairs to the fanstage that allows access to and holds the fantail in place.

All photos courtesy of Alex Farquhar.

attaching the backstays

attaching the backstays

All the metal work has to be painted

All the metal work has to be painted