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.
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.
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…
Then I made the connection with the small line.
I am preparing to Gammon the Bowsprit to the Stem…
I Seized the end of some .7mm Hemp line into a Loop.
On the Seizing… I just made a Clove Hitch for the initial loop to secure the loop. Then I worked my way up using French Loops. Then a double loop to secure.
I used French Loops all the way down… Seemed to work ok…. It’s tight too!!!
Gammoning means to make this Loop around the Bowsprit to the Hole in the Cutwater and you make around 8 turns around.
Then you put about 1/2 dozen frapping turns around it to tighten.
First you start with a Running Eye… Which is basically a Siezed loop around the end of the Line.
I use French Whipping for this purpose.
I bought this Hemp Line and I noticed that it was a kinked and bendy looking. So what I did was to soak it and I’m now in the prot of stretching it.
Just a few photos of the progress so far…
I carved down the top main mast to that conical point using my Lathe.
Then, I stained everything using Coffee for 1 hour… In my Water Soaker.