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The Crew At Work

Keith works on the rudder between all the other tasks we give him. He likes engineering problems and more often than not come up with simple, innovative solutions. He has a Notre Dame engineering degree and Michigan advanced degree, so he’s a conflicted soul. Here it looks like he is invoking a higher spirit into a solution.

1 Keith's rudder

Steve is our amateur Astronomer, so we give him work on our mast so he can get closer to the stars.

2 Steve works on mast

Tim is a psychologist so we gave him 450 screws to set the boom sail track in place; it’s finicky work that requires precision. We try to play with his mind every once in awhile because we’re worried that in the background he’s writing a “tell all” book about the RELIANCE inmates. In this picture, he has about 150 screws in place – only 300 more, Tim! In the background, Herb is proving his wire to manila splicing technique.

3 Tim works on the boom

Meanwhile, Laura works on bowsprit rigging. The bobstays are tensioned by tightening the bowsprit retaining bar; there are no turnbuckles on the bobstays.

4 Laura splicing bowsprit rigging

5 Laura's Bobstays

Ken from Hall Spars dropped by on his evening constitutional and we talked about how boats today tension their shrouds with hydraulic mast rams since the turnbuckles are too short to perform this function. He also noted that on large racers rigging eyes are replacing tangs.

On a Wire: Perfecting the Craft

8 wire worming and serving2 Splicing wire cutting #7 core wire and beginning the splice3 Herb splicng wire4 Splicing wire1 Making a splicing jig5. Sheet Block Attachments

Herb has been honing his rigging skills and has proven the worming, parceling and serving fixtures, and developing tables of lengths for each size of wire. He did the same for the worming, parceling and serving materials. Above, he is seen making a splicing fixture and perfecting his wire splicing techniques. Tim, from the Saturday crew, is following in his footsteps, so we’ll have a production line. Together, they’re completing the two sets of mainsheet span wires, scaled at 10′ long, 1/8″ diameter. The wire is seven strand galvanized steel, just like on the actual RELIANCE (Special Roebling Plow Steel Wire, as in Brooklyn Bridge Roebling). Sandy drilled out some sleeves on the span wire sheet block attachments, also seen above, which Mike had previously cast. Once completed, the spam wires will be shackled to eyes in straps that Mike has also made. Then we’ll be ready to hang blocks, which Joe is starting to fabricate.