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Trying to build my first clipper.....


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I'm back at it this time and "trying" to build my first clipper. The problem I'm having is tieing the spars to the mast. I'm using a cow hitch but it's really difficult with the small line. Any tips or hints or does it just take practice?...Moab

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I would recommend drilling a small hole through the yard and the mast with a pin vise or watchmakers drill and then thread the cotton through both and tie off with any knot. Just make sure that the yard can swivel so that’s it’s easy to insert through the bottle neck when the time comes.

Perhaps these illustrations from ‘Sailing in glass’ by Joop van Schouten may help to visualise better.

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This is the way I do it.

To cross the yards, (attaching them to the mast) I use a loop of thread wrapped around the yard as shown below. Make sure it is long enough. The loose ends are fed through the loop, pulled tight and secured with a drop of glue. The loose ends are then is tied around the mast where required and secured by a drop of glue. This allows the yard to swivel when putting the ship in the bottle and when setting for the required wind direction.

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Alan

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