|Scott at the second spreaders|
After diligent work aloft I think I've figured out a way to avoid pulling the stick. With careful study I found that you can remove a little mast cap on top of the big mast cap and see the very top of the stem ball fitting. To do this you must get hoisted to the very top of the mast then rig some slings from the top so you can stand up into the slings to finally get your torso above the whole shebang.
I was able to extract one of the really big shrouds out the top of the mast, then with enough persuasion was able to to get the spreader tips opened up to release the same shroud. Broke some tools getting that done. Now I have in my possession new intermediate shrouds and new to shrouds. Once those are installed all that is left is the backstay and the forestay. Perhaps we'll leave the forestay and all its roller furler complications alone for now and concentrate on the big backstay next.
|Shiny parts galore|