1050Hrs – Masts Arrived!
After leaving Quebec in the middle of June, being loaded onto a container ship in Montreal, crossing the Atlantic, stopping off at Rotterdam, offloading in Southampton, being sent to Chatham for clearance and then being loaded onto a lorry up to the Midlands, my long awaited crate finally arrived in the yard this morning. All credit to Martin Hivon for working so hard to make this happen.
Inside were three 6061 T6 Marine Grade, 5.5" Diameter, 5/32" Wall Thickness Aluminium Tubes, (2 x 33ft Masts and 1 x 16.5ft crossbeam). As might be expected the crate looked well travelled and had been bashed at one end. I had a mild panic but was much relieved to find that damage was restricted to one end of one of the masts. Its a shame but nothing that will cause any real problems. All in all they are beautiful bits of aluminium.
I simply couldn’t resist dropping the crossbeam into position on the stern posts. Since the beginning I have tried to bring both hulls up together so as to keep the feeling that the boat was growing as one. This beam has now formed the first physical connection between the hulls and I swear I could feel the energy flowing between the them!