16 September 2016 Reaper - masts out Members of the Museum Boats Club went to assist with taking the masts out of Reaper in preparation for her going onto the slip in Mackay Boatbuilding, Arbroath.
A wind free day in Arbroath on the 14th September was greeted by the big gathering of members of the Museum Boats Club who went up to take the masts out of Reaper in preparation for her going onto the slip in Mackay Boatbuilding for assessment of the damage following her recent accident in Johnshaven.
Skipper Mike Barton brought Reaper round to the outer harbour where, under the guidance of David Tod and watched by an interested audience, a 35 tonne crane carefully lifted out first the mizzen mast and then the 65 foot fore mast onto the quay allowing their rigging to be removed for later storage down in Anstruther.
The masts were then lifted over the wall into the boatyard where they will remain until lifted back onto Reaper for transport down to the Museum. Reaper then returned to her temporary berth in the inner harbour until she goes up on the boatyard slip on 23rd September for a comprehensive hull damage assessment and further repairs before she makes passage home to her berth opposite the Museum.
The Boats Club and Museum thank the harbour and boatyard staff, and Andy with his crane for their help in taking the masts out : another step forward.