I'm looking for advice in building or buying a tabernacle for raising or lowering the mast on my Kismet. As you can see from the photograph provided there is a wood block attached to the cabin roof for the mast to be raised on. I have not had the mast raised at this point in ownership. The mast will be back soon from the boatyard after having been buffed out and repaired and will be set up. Any advice or direction to a plan for building a tabernacle will be greatly appreciated.
As far as I know the wooden block is not original equipment, although I have seen a few boats with such a fitting. I'm not sure of it's function, unless it's to cover some earlier damage to the cabin roof.
I agree with Greg on the wooden block. Any damage to the roof must be sorted asap as it is a balsa sandwich construction so any water ingress will rot the balsa, weakening the roof. So carefully bed the tabernacle on to mastic like Sikaflex etc.
I've now been through my entire collection SeaHawks photographs - more than 130 boats. Not all include views of the mast step but of those that do and that's the vast majority, there are only two additional ones that have any form of mount for the mast step:
The exercise confirms my impression that SeaHawks were never delivered with a wooden block at the mast step.
I have what looks like an identical block at the bottom of the identical kind of mast foot.
Can you post a closer picture?
If you're referring to the blue boat, that's Reed Nibbler and the image is already enlarged from the full frame version seen in the gallery and taken ten years ago, so I can't do better for you.
I know you sent me some photos of your boat. The external ones show the cabin under a tarpaulin, but you may not have encountered the only other pictures I have of your boat, also sent to me around ten years ago
It appears that back then it did not have a wooden block under the mast. Here's an enlarged version...
coming period I would like to have a tabernacle as well. maybe next year, but I can start already. I have a question about the 4 bolts (picture of the tabernacle in the description of the modification) through the basement, roof and wooden block (inside against the roof). Do I really need those 4 bolts? and if yes can somebody give measures (as for holes in the basement of the new tabernacle); the widt; I presume the length is the wooden block; the roof and the basement of the tabernacle + two times the screw thickness?
I am not an expert, but my belief is that the base of the mast is largely under compression. However, there will be a constant sideways loading because of the pressure of the wind. Some of that is taken by the shrouds, of course.
Re-reading my post, it might look as if I was suggesting the extra bolt was unnecessary, but if you can justify fitting a tabernacle then you can expect to be using it and that means a lot more "unusual" pressures not experienced by a mast that stands upright throughout the sailing season.
Dear all, Thank you for your responses.
you made it clear and I will use 4 larger bolts then the three bolts there are now.
@Rene; it would be great to see how the problem is fixed on your boat. If it is not bothering you too much: Is there a possibility I can visit you and your boat the coming period?