George F. Campbell

The neophyte shipmodeller`s jackstay


The shrouds are set up and adjusted by means of DEADEYES and LANYARDS. Start rigging them with the foremast on the starboard side. Seize (or bind) the first deadeye into a loop formed in the shroud. Fig. 67. Reeve (or thread) the lanyard through the deadeyes (you have already mounted the lower ones along the channel, Fig. 18.) according to the sketch in each case drawing the deadeyes together the distance given on your plan which may be anything from 3 to 5 deadeye diameters. Temporarily secure the lanyard in a hitch around the shroud end. It is finally secured by a hitch and a few round turns (you could glue this in place).

Now run the free end of the shroud up through the lubbers hole, over the bolster, around the mast and down again to form the second starboard foremast shroud. Seiz;e a second deadeye into this end at the same height as the first one and all subsequent deadeyes similarly. When there is an odd number of shrouds on one side, the odd shroud is rigged on starboard, goes up and makes a full loop around the masthead and down the port side to form the odd shroud on the port side.


for each mast are rigged after the shrouds. Give the Shrouds and Stays a preliminary adjustment, leaving a "tail" on each line to allow final adjustment later. The tail may be cut off just before completing the model. With the lower masts shrouded, stayed and aligned you may now start mounting the yards, the lower ones first. Affix this yard with its truss rope or iron, whichever is called for. Since this yard was never raised or lowered, the truss gave swivel motion whilst the slings and jeers carried most of the weight. The LIFTS were used to steady and adjust the yard and BRACES trimmed it.

With the lower yards rigged (we'll rig the braces last) move upward to the topsail yards, and their rigging as described previously. With all the yards mounted you may rig the braces working from bottom to top.

The final bit of rigging will be the spanker BOOM AND GAFF. Attach the boom jaws to the mast with the parral, hanging the outer end from the topping lift. Now rig the spanker sheet (which will hold it down) and adjust for height. Reeve the peak halliard and throat halliards to the gaff, bring the gaff jaws to the mast with a parrel and then rig vangs from the outer end to steady the gaff.

Go over the rigging critically making adjustments, taking the sag out of the lines. When you are satisfied with the tautness (not too tight!) apply a touch of fast drying cement to the belaying points and snip off the tails on the rigging lines.