|The base showing the sheared bolts|
Within an hour a temporary repair was rigged tying the fitting at the end of the wire to the toe rail in three places using a length of dyneema (ultra strong rope like steel). The shroud itself is not too structurally important unlike the wires that run from the top of the mast to the deck but it is still part of the whole rig and would affect performance and could compromise things in windier weather on the other tack when it would be under tension as the mast leans away from it.
|The workshop - the blue box became the workbench|
By first light Kevin had thought through a potential solution which would involve drilling out the original bolts from the deck fitting, knocking through the remaining stumps in the deck then using the largest bolts we had on board bolt, bolt through fitting, deck and the under deck base plate. The heads of the original bolts had been welded into the fitting so it was going to be a tough job making the holes.
|Under deck the old bolts looked firm|
Eventually charging took so long that it was easier to empty the aft storage cabin and retrieve the big inverter tucked at the very back. Not an easy task at sea as all our storage boxes had to be stacked up carefully so they didn't fall about the rocking saloon or empty themselves over the floor. Everything survived but we were all hot and sticky by the time it was all tucked away again.
Once the deck plate was bolted in place the shroud could be re-connected and tensioned which was a bit tricky on a bucking boat but Kevin and Joe did a great job. The bottle screw was re-taped and unless you looked closely you'd never know the shroud had been repaired. The next step is to replace the temporary bolts with ones of the correct size, 16 mm purchased yesterday in a local chandlery. The marina staff at Whisper Cove have promised to take Kevin to a workshop later today where he can drill out the deck fitting more accurately with bigger holes as their own press drill is not big enough.
|Charging a drill battery|
|Eventually we had to dig out the big inverter from the very back of the stores|
|Filing the holes out|
|Ready to re-fit|
|Cleaning up the topside and being pleasantly splashed with spray|
|The new bolts in place with lots of washers|
|Re-fitting the shroud to the deck plate|