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

Stepping back is not an option now

Friday afternoon, Paul from Omar Sails came out and cut the mast just above the damaged area.  Now we are fully committed to deck stepping the mast.

While working on site, Paul, also located and cut the exit holes for the internal halyards.  I was surprised to discover that standard woodworking bits and blades were used on the mast.  He simply used a jig saw with a 10 tooth per inch wood cutting blade for making the cuts on the mast.

Once Paul departed I used a dremel tool with a cut off wheel to reach inside the mast and carefully cut the PVC pipe that serves as a conduit for the electrical lines running inside the mast.  Now it is up to Anne and I to thread through the length of the mast the small diameter messenger lines.  The messenger lines will be used to pull the new halyards through the mast and out the proper exit hole.

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