Also, this was the lowest point on the mast I could drill the lowest holes for. If we positioned the vang any lower the line running aft would not clear the deck over the salon. This spot is a bit lower then the U that was on the mast. See our other posts.
Garhauer Rigid Boom Vang - Part 2
Garhauer Rigid Boom Vang - Part 1
Currently house sitting in Bucerias, PuertoVallarta, Mexico
First I unscrewed the "U" bracket that was in this spot, moved it up the sail track and held it there with blue tape.
The I used the 13\64th drill bit to make the hole for the 1\4-20 NC tap. Now time to tap the hole a bit at a time, cleaning and oiling. Not a problem. It is aluminum, the mast, so it was easy going.
Once I had the first screw in the rest was simple enough. I would drill a pilot hole and try to get it aligned so the screw would fit flat against the flange when screwed, using that angle and getting the drill bit in the center of the hole. Then it was on to the next drill bit the 13\64th one and then tap the hole. Repeat 7 more times. Wa-la all done😎
Customs was cool with Debbie - no red light/green light as they took her right over to the inspection table since she was carrying in a big box. Debbie explained the price and they charged 16 percent of half that price so that was cool.
TODO VELA MEXICO Chandlery cost: $200 more then it cost us for us to buy direct the Garhauer RIgid Boom Vang RV-20-1SL and for Debbie to fly to Los Angeles then drive to San Diego and fly back to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from Tijuana, bringing it with her. That includes a bus in L.A. and an Uber in San Diego (she had to take because the CBX shuttle never showed up). So Debbie gets to see her sister in L.A. for three days and visit our daughter in S.D. for four days and bring back a bunch of smalls along with the vang for $200.00 USD less than TODO VELA MEXICO wanted just for the boom vang! Now, of course, Debbie did not include meals and her lodging was free but you get the picture.
Also Garhauer forgot to change the block on the vang to a cam cleat which we ordered so we did not have to run the line to the cockpit right away. So Garhauer shipped the cam cleat with the bracket and block to our mailing service all for free. That means they did not switch out the block that leads the line aft to the cockpit. Which means when the time comes that we lead the line back we have the block to do it.
Got the mast bracket installed. Cleaned up the mast area and put dissimilar metals goop on the bracket, mast and screws. Looks good.