Friday, September 12, 2014

"A Tall Ship and a Star to STEER HER BY..."

In the poem, Sea Fever by John Masefield, the second verse of that poem has become somewhat famous, being used from Star Trek the original series, to Star Trek Five: The Final Frontier, to 66,000 quotes on the internet... the verse I speak of is, "And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;"

I used that verse when I stepped the mast, she was again a tall ship... BUT I had no way to steer her. My rudder lay on two sawhorses awaiting its repair and remount. 

Today, that is no longer true! Today, thanks to two new friends, John and Don, we wrestled the rudder back into place and now, she is not only a tall ship, but I can steer her. (Now if it will just quit raining in south Florida, I might find a star to steer her by).

A special thanks to Don and John for your help this morning. I can honestly say, I could not have done it without you.

This Westsail 32 is starting to LOOK like a Westsail 32!

Don (left) and John (right)
Hate the mismatched bottom paint
but that will be corrected with new black bottom paint
the week she splashes.

Fair seas and God bless!


  1. seeing the size of the rudder with the size of the boat, I wonder, how heavy is that rudder?

    Good thing you had help.

    1. Hey Dan,

      The rudder is filled with some sort of closed cell foam but still weighs between 130-160 lbs. (I'm guesstimating). It was more awkward, (considering size and shape), than it was heavy. I am glad I had help... couldn't have done it alone.

      Thanks for following.

  2. By the time I'm done with the story of today, the thing will weight 1'000 pounds I had fun today. And don't hesitate to ask for my help going forward.

    1. Thanks Don...come to think about it...I think it did weigh about a thousand pounds,,,lol.

      Thanks again buddy.