Today was a day that I have been waiting a while for. After surviving many storms on the mooring, it is finally haul day. Step one was to put the Whaler in the water, as it would be our tow boat. The 5:30 am wakeup was much easier on paper.
After putting the boat in the water, we tied up to the Pearson 26 and began the 40 minute journey to the Fort Adams ramp
Once at the ramp the folks at Brownell Systems promptly arrived and hauled out the boat on their hydraulic trailer. Then, it was off to the boat yard 50 miles away in Mattapoisett Mass. where it was put on stands and blocks, ready for work to begin.
Today was a crisp day with a temperature of 32˚ in the morning. A decent storm had come through the previous day so I was curious to see the condition of the boat. Apart from the tiller breaking off and a little more water than usual in the bilge the boat did well. I spent some time removing the Port and Starboard main upper and lower shrouds. Removing the cotter pins proved tedious but doable, best achieved with a vice grip after removing the shroud tangs. After removing each shroud I labeled it and placed it in the row boat. I then grabbed the main sail to bring to Sperry Sails for reference.
Today was an exciting day! It was the first day seeing the boat since the day I got her. A few days after acquiring the boat the headstay toggle separated and the mast fell. I was away at the time and did not know that this had happened. Luckily, some amazing people got the mast out of the water, onto the deck and told me about what happened. Thank you! Amazingly, there was no damage at all to the hull or rig apart from the headstay toggle and gooseneck.
A haul day has been set and the boat will be transported to Brownell Systems in Mattapoisett, MA for the refit to begin. She will live there for the next seven or so months until being launched and sailed back to Jamestown in June. I will be sure to post all the progress and problems that occur throughout the project, as I am sure there will be many. Below are some photos of the boat in her current condition and the beginnings of a work list. Enjoy and stay tuned for updates!
Hello! My Name is Stuart Wemple. Welcome to my blog about the refit of my Pearson 26.