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DaveC426913
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fouled wind vane

Post by DaveC426913 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:59 am

Short of dropping the mast, or using a bosun's chair, can anyone think of a way to get spider webs out of my wind vane at the top of my mast?

Not sure I can create a 30ft geyser of water from a hose.

I guess I could rig up a 30 foot swiffer...
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Re: fouled wind vane

Post by Tomfoolery » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:32 am

Don't need a 30 ft Swiffer - use a pig stick on the main halyard or topping lift, with anything on the end that will clear some webs.

But don't forget the downhaul, or you'll be dropping the mast to retrieve the halyard. :wink: :D

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Re: fouled wind vane

Post by DaveC426913 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:39 am

Tomfoolery wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:32 am
Don't need a 30 ft Swiffer - use a pig stick on the main halyard or topping lift, with anything on the end that will clear some webs.

But don't forget the downhaul, or you'll be dropping the mast to retrieve the halyard. :wink: :D
Ah! Brilliant idea! Thanks!

I've already got a downhaul, so we're good there.
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Re: fouled wind vane

Post by Tomfoolery » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:50 am

I even have one laying around here somewhere, but they're certainly easy to make, especially for a one-time chore like spider web clearing. Doesn't have to be pretty, does it? :wink:

(Unless you're BOAT or Highlander, of course - then you wouldn't be able to make an ugly one if you tried. :D )
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Re: fouled wind vane

Post by DaveC426913 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:38 pm

Tomfoolery wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:50 am
I even have one laying around here somewhere, but they're certainly easy to make, especially for a one-time chore like spider web clearing. Doesn't have to be pretty, does it? :wink:

(Unless you're BOAT or Highlander, of course - then you wouldn't be able to make an ugly one if you tried. :D )
I've got a feather duster on board (more accurately, the Admiral has a feather duster on board). I checked what my masthead looks like - the halyard runs right up to it, so simply lashing the feather duster to the halyard oughta do it.
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