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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Top stays, cap shrouds, where's waldo?

Thought we would have the mast re-stepped by the end of the day, but...
Here it is resting atop ever weakening saw horses.  My new goal is to get the mast erect before the saw horses give out.  So whats is the hold up?

Things were going well.  Paul from Omar Sails installed our two new fore stays and assembled the Harken Cruising 1 furler.  I installed running rigging and a rope clutch for the genny halyard.  We completed our respective tasks and surveyed the scene.

"Where are the the cap shrouds?" I inquired.
"What do you mean?" was Paul's reply.
"You know the wires that run from the top of the mast to the chain plate fittings on deck."  I stated.
"Oh the top stays."
"Ok, where are the top stays?"
"I thought you had them."
"No you said you would order them along with the two new fore stays.  I supplied the four lower stays."
"Hmm, we must have had some mis-communication."

Paul's final statement left me speechless.

I left Paul to expedite the order of two new stays and walked away to inform the yard manager that we would not be needing the crane for a couple more days.

At least the bottom painting is on schedule...

Pictured above is the first coat of Pettit Trinidad Pro.

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