|...there she is empty and with no mast...|
|5' x 4' storage, filled|
I challenge anyone who lives aboard their cruising sailboat to try to empty it. You will be amazed at how much you have stored. We are now at 24 boxes plus items in bags, plus a mini van full. But then again, this is our home, we have lived here for the past two years. Imagine if you could store your home in a 5' x 4' closet...if you could, then you really don't have that much stuff.
|Steve, the yard manager rigs the crane lifting point|
|Craig, Debbie, Radeen and Hayden visit at Pier 22, Bradenton|
Here are some random photos of the mast removal and our preparation.
|We rentedI a mini van and it is filling up with stuff to go home, like our clothes, etc.|
|First step, we removed the mast collar at the deck and accessed the pin|
|Below the base of the mast, I disconnected all the wiring runs in their junction boxes|
|All the electrical wires were pulled from the side of the mast below the floor|
|A crane mounted on a truck lifted our 50 foot mast up and out, while Terry guided the bottom|
|Once lifted clear of the boat, the crane swings the mast to the ground cart|
|The yard workers help to guide the mast onto the cart as the crane operator lowerd it|
|There it is, our sailboat mast on the cart, ready to be wheeled to storage|
|Next job....wash all bedding and towels and store in sealed bags for November|
|Dinner...nothing left but a sip of Stoli|
|Island Spirit on the bulkhead at Snead Island Boat Works....ready for the truck with no mast|
|Impressive Florida clouds billowing late in the afternoon|
Next adventure.....load our 17,500+ lb boat onto a tractor trailer and drive it 34 miles north to Largo, FL, and then off load her into a building at the Island Packet Yachts facilities. The factory refit program will make her like new. More on that later!