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Goldstar - Grand Banks Fishing Schooner - Replace Standing Rigging; Dynamic Tune  (back to showcase home page)

Projects: Back off turnbuckles and lube threads; Replace Formast shrouds (3/8 wire; Swage eyes for the top; Hi-Mod Norseman eyes for the bottom); Replace mainmast upper shrouds; replace bowsprit sidestays; replace running backstays; perform a dynamic tune



The Goldstar in her slip at the St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco, CA
Everywhere you look on the Goldstar, you find beautiful craftsmanship that has withstood the test of time. It's not necessarily glossy and sparkly clean either, because this is a boat that sails and sails often.
Micarta, a high-pressure laminate made with phenolic resins, appears often on the Goldstar. After 50 years of enduring sun, salt, wind, rain, you name it, it's as good as new. Truly indestructible.
The forsl' is gaff-rigged, crowding  sail up high where the mainsl' (marconi-rigged) is thinner.



Acme threads on a custom turnbuckle.
Time to hoist sails and look at the rigging while sailing. We had light winds initially, but later saw around 14 knots, enough to check if my dock tune would hold up under load.  A 4:1 halyard for the forsl'.
The forsl'.



The canvas has been tried and tested, enduring gales on a recent trip to Alaska.
Her bow sprit is beatifully designed and supported. Hinging from a singular point on the very bow, it doesn't require any fittings or structure on the deck, making it easily accessible and more accomodating when its time to douse and stowe the jib.