Listening to "Hotel California (Spanish Mix)" by the Gipsy Kings
Shrouds - The major side stays of a mast. (16th century) The term as used ashore came from the shipboard sense; the shrouds were heavily wrapped for their protection from the elements. The derivation of the word is somewhat uncertain, but it is probably Old Norse, scruth, for wrapping. -from Origins of Sea Terms by J.G. Rogers
Today was a productive day. It started a bit late (I blame it on the festivities of the previous evening), but a lot has been accomplished. We had hoped to spend the winter here in The Faroe Islands so that come spring we would be in an optimal position to sail to northern Norway. This beautiful place has also seduced us with it's striking landscape, captivating history, amazing hiking and, most of all, the people. We have met so many cool people here - some real friends - that we looked forward to spend the winter getting to know them better and hanging out.
While I was fitting a lock-washer onto a loose bolt on the bowsprit, I heard Drake gasp as he called me over. See if you can find anything missing on this turnbuckle.
Need some help? Here is her sister.
That's right. The cotter pin is missing entirely from the top of this turnbuckle. The only reason it was not able to turn, and possibly loosen the wire on this shroud, is because the cotter pin on the bottom bolt was still intact. (For those unfamiliar with a turnbuckle, it is a piece of hardware that regulates the tension on the wires attached to the mast. These wires, called shrouds and stays, support the mast and keep it from tumbling down.)
Such a simple thing to replace now as we sit in a protected harbour, but if missed the consequences could be catastrophic. It makes me wonder what else is missing so, with renewed vigour, I continue my inspection of Paragon. Let's hope there aren't any more surprises!