Published: Monday, 2nd November 2009
Spars leave our workshop for the second time after some modifications.
For the last couple of months the 100’ Camper and Nicholson Cutter ‘Merrymaid’ has been berthed at Southampton Yacht Services and has undergone some modification work following her 20,000 mile cruise of South America.
Although he rig would work well in light Mediterranean airs, for large ocean crossings with less predictive conditions it was decided to shorten the topmast and run with a more modest topsail with the option of a full topsail on a new jack yard. With some repair work and a few modifications to the boom the spars were shipped back to Collars for the work to be carried out.
Sawing 12' off a perfectly good 44' topmast took some precision in order that the forestay and cap shrouds could be re-used, as well as hitting the internal solid section. To make it work perfectly 180mm had to be trimmed off the base, the fid hole raised and a small 750mm stub mast added to the top to carry the service sheave. All went as planned an after some sea trials she will be back across the Atlantic to continue her world cruise.
The full story is covered in our October newsletter available to download or by requesting a hard copy through the office.