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Foremast Shrouds

I’m using 1mm Black Hemp line for the Shrouds. I found that they need Pre-Stretching and unwinding so that they become straight.

Here, letting the line unwind naturally

Once the line is unwound and straight,bit makes a beautiful straight line.

Here’s the first one. The knot I used to secure the top is a Clove hitch with an extra locking loop.

Clove hitch with extra loops.
This is how it’s supposed to go on

So far, I have the Burton Pendants and the 1st pair Shrouds on the Starboard side.

Notice the Burton Pendants?…

I decided that the 1mm Line was too thick so I changed to .7mm Line. Which necessitated unwinding and stretching of the .7mm line.

I used a Clove Hitch with extra loops to tie it off.

I used PVA Glue to hold it in place
Using Spacing Tool
DeadEye Seizing

So… On the Deadeyes. I probably should make an entire Post on this subject. In the meantime, this his how the Seizing looks.

Bowsprit Shrouds

Putting in the 2 Bowsprit Shrouds. These are the ones that go sort of on the Trailboard, underneath the Cathead.

It’s to prevent lateral movement of the Bowsprit.

Port side Bowsprit Shroud in

I just used a couple of 3.5mm Bullseyes and I looped the .7mm Hemp line around it and Seized it with the usual Clove Hitch, French Loops with some Sewing String.

I ordered some Hearts but they haven’t arrived yet.

Port side Bowsprit Shroud
Starboard side Bowsprit Shroud
Here’s how it attaches to Hull
View from above… They came out even!

DeadEye Spacing Tool

I just made this Spacer that you put between your Deadeyes so that they come out at the same distance on the Shrouds above the Deadeye on the Channels.

Anyway, it works out to being 20mm apart… So I gave it 21mm to give it some wiggle room and stretching space…

It’s made out of a Popsicle Stick.

Bottom View
Top View

The idea is to slip the pins on the bottom into the Deadeye and slide the one from the Shrouds on to the top one. Then take down the slack on the Shrouds and serve the end.

Bobstay with Deadeyes

Just finished the first one of these Bobstays

Anyway, I put the Deadeye on the end of the Black .7mm Griffin line that I just bought.

Then I looked it through the 1mm Hole in the Stem and Seized the line on itself… Like so…

Line seized on itself
Seized Deadeye

Then I made the connection with the small line.

Both Bobstays are now on…