Taking down the mast (Part 1)
After a long night of worrying about Tux who had become bold enough to wander off the boat on to shore we started the process of building the supports and taking down the mast. It was a very hot and sunny day and the work was hard and tedious. By the end of the day we had the forward support built, the rear support 90% complete, and the mast (sans boom, sails, etc.) hanging in the crane next to the boat. We agreed that it was late and we were too tired to cope with trying to get the mast into the cradle on the boat so we called it a night.
Mr. Wardell is a Prince. He has been helping us on and off all day by pointing out stuff we can use, setting up and pulling the mast out (he did it straight up which is a very big trick!) and in general making sure that we paced ourselves by saying – hey, if you need to spend another night that is OK. I would recommend him to anyone who needs a stick up or down at this end of the canal.