Stepping the Mast with Maritime Traditions

We stepped the mizzen mast. It has been wrapped up for a long time in the shop waiting on other projects to be complete like repairing the coach house roof. Now that those projects are complete and the paint is down on the roof, the big day arrived.

It is very nerve-wracking watching big expensive pieces of metal from your home/oat dangling from a strap in the air.

We followed the maritime tradition of putting coins below the mast. For us it was pretty cool to put the ones in there that means something to us and the boat. First, we have a Silver half dollar from 1978 (the year the boat was built). We also found a commemorative coin from the 1978 Mardi-Gras parade that was thrown from a float from the “Krewe of Poseidon” And then for the part that represents the major refit we did another coin from 2018. We put in a silver eagle piece. We used 5200 and adhered them right to the top of the mast step so they won’t rattle around. We also sealed them in plastic coin cases to that the metal doesn’t come in contact with the aluminum mast step and cause corrosion.
This was a fun project for us to do to the boat as the mast was being stepped.

We also took the girls to go see the Incredibles 2 movie this week. It was really good and there are a lot of laughs even for the adults. If you see it, you will love the scenes on the dad helping the little one with the math wondering “Why did they have to change math”

We also forgot to bring the halyards down to the boat the day it was scheduled to be stepped and I didn’t want to delay again so I ran to the chandlery next door and bought all new halyards. While it cost us a few bucks for sure, this is something that we considered anyway and this was a good reason to do so. 🙂

Here are some links that you can order your half dollars by year as well.
Uncirculated Silver Eagle Coin –
1975 Uncirculated Half Dollar –
1976 Uncirculated Half Dollar –
1977 Uncirculated Half Dollar –
1978 Uncirculated Half Dollar –
1979 Uncirculated Half Dollar –
1980 Uncirculated Half Dollar –
1981 Uncirculated Half Dollar –
1982 Uncirculated Half Dollar –
1983 Uncirculated Half Dollar –
1984 Uncirculated Half Dollar –
1985 Uncirculated Half Dollar –

Mast stepping ceremony, Coins under mast, Sailing traditions, sea gods, We appeased the gods,
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