In preparation for stepping the mast we decided to paint it. That meant removing some parts and a great deal of masking off other parts for protection from overspray. Lots of sanding and prep and then new paint. When the mast was finished and looking all shiny and new we then decided we really should do the boom as it was laying there looking rather forlorn. Another round of masking, sanding and prep before Charlie could paint.
Our daughter Bryna, and boyfriend John, came down to help with the stepping of the mast, a very exciting day even though it was 34 degrees and overcast.
|Bryna on the left holding the lifting straps and wishing it was sunny and warm. Charlie on the right with an employee from the crane company watching for the hook.|
|Up, Up..... Charlie in camo vest.|
|This is one of our favorite pictures. Left to right: Bryna, John and Charlie all with hands in pockets looking at the rigging and thinking, "Sheesh, it looked a lot more organized on the ground!"|
|It's in, Hooray! Note, the yellow lifting strap by the ladder - more on that later.|
|Bryna starts the rigging process|