C'est la Vie is a 1966 Charlie Morgan 34.

Her home port is Everglades City, FL. Our typical cruising area is Southwest Florida, the Florida Keys, the Southeastern Atlantic Seaboard, and the Bahamas. We are C'est la Vie's third owners and purchased her in 2005. We continue to maintain and update this classic vessel. Please post any questions or comments about C'est la Vie or our travels via the comment links below.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Definitely a two person job

Notice anything different in the image above?  Well yes, Anne is holding up the severed lower 6 feet of C'est la Vie's mast.  But is that really all that unusual?  How about that fleece jacket Anne is wearing?  That's right autumn temps are finally here in the OBX.

Backed by temps in the low 50's, armed with a fish tape and some p-cord on loan from Omar Sails, Anne and I confidently stepped up to the task of threading messenger lines from the top of the mast to the proper exit holes near deck level on the mast.

Being a boat project this task consumed much more time than originally budgeted.  We learned that compression tubes, PVC conduit, internal sleeves, and bolt studs are infinitely attractive to the end of the fish tape than the proper exit hole on the mast.

By nearly noon we successfully threaded the final halyard messenger and had moved on to the electrical wiring in the mast.  We removed some old, unused co-axial cable to make room for a NMEA 2000 line that will transmit data from our new Garmin GWS 10 Wind Sensor stationed atop the mast to the display in our cockpit.  As expected it is easier to remove old wires that to pull new.  Anne's smaller hands saved the day by enabling her to reach blindly into the top of the mast and thread wires to the proper exit.

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