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Oiling Spars

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About 20 volunteers went to the State Pier in New Bedford to oil some of Ernestina's spars; the main gaff and boom, the fore gaff and boom, and the jumbo boom.
Ernestina spars

It was pretty hard to roll over the main boom without the forklift, since it weighs about 2100 pounds, so we borrowed one to stay safe.

Mainboom

They all were scraped down and then sanded. We applied a coat of boiled linseed oil.

They looked a lot better by noon.

better

Manny from the DCR has added a few coats of oil since then.