UPDATE MARCH 2023
Since the last update things seemed to have moved slowly. Having fitted the gaff we had great difficulty in raising it as the ropes kept jamming in the top block so Francis from YWAM climbed the mast and added an extra shackle to the top block to turn it through 90 degrees.
Still the gaff could not be raised so Wally created an extension bar to hold the pulley away from the mast and a week later Francis was was back up the mast installing it.
Still the gaff would not rise .
Wednesday Phil was convinced the problem was with the pulleys he had made and so it was decided to BUY two metal ones.
Francis once again volunteered to head for the heights and replaced the suspect pulleys while grinning continuously !
AND finally this did the trick.
The main sail has now been brought from the compound and with student help fastened (bent) on to the gaff.
Ron nervously measured the full sail to check that his design would fit correctly and all was well. He's a happy man !