Upon close inspection after arrival in Hobart the rigging was found to be in generally poor condition.
The main is a tapered steep tube over the top of a 6 meter wooden plug which extends through to the stem. While the main has a few rust patches and a small hole near the main spreaders it is in generally good condition. The mizzen is a wooden mast and is also in good condition.
Rigger, Anastasia Konstantinidis suggested removing the main mast so that it could be repaired where necessary, sanded and repainted then dressed with new rigging and reinstalled.
Unfortunately funds were not available so the rig was replaced with the masts standing. With hindsight removal may well have been the cheaper option.
All the wire rope, bottle screws and shackles were replaced with Australian standard, load rated equipment.
Whilst on the slip at Devonport the forward chain plates were sand blasted and epoxy coated.
The base of the main mast was exposed and all rust removed. It was found to be in good condition except for the retaining collar around the positioning wedges.
A new steel collar was fabricated and installed. It was welded to the steel base plate which was already in position.
The four main shrouds on the mizzen mast were also replaced with new steel and bottle screws.
Once the new rear chain plates were extended and reinstalled the mizzen stays and the two main mast back stays were reattached and the whole rig properly tensioned and tuned.
A new main mast track system has been purchased and is yet to be installed.