A new mast for Tandeka

Tandeka

Tandeka

Tandeka is a Bluebird, designed by the late Mr Ken Watts in the mid 40’s, like many an old boat she was in need of some attention. The photos show the story, time and the sea had been working there magic, with fittings coming loose and the shrouds showing signs of imminent failure.

Tandeka top diamond spreaders coming loose

Tandeka’s top diamond spreaders coming loose

We found the old diamond spreader in a Ronstan catalogue from 1971

We found the diamond spreader in an old Ronstan catalogue from 1971

It’s been a while since these were manufactured so we set to and re-made the spreaders based on measurements from site and the sketches in the catalogue.

New diamond spreaders, pre-assembled on work bench

New diamond spreaders, pre-assembled on work bench

The original mast was tapered with two side cuts, however for the replacement a front cut was employed to provide a more flexible mast tip

The original mast was tapered with two side cuts, however for the replacement a front cut was employed to provide a more flexible mast tip

The new mast tapper welding completed, crane yet to be fitted

The new mast tapper welding completed, crane yet to be fitted

Like the spreaders, the goose neck fittings have long since ceased to be available, so a we machined a new gooseneck plug, manufactured a gooseneck bracket and fitted a gunmetal knuckle to complete the assembly.

Stainless steel, goose neck with gunmetal knuckle and gooseneck plug.

Stainless steel, goose neck with gunmetal knuckle and gooseneck plug.