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Clothes Line

The staff does and interesting job of running clothes lines out of any line that is available. The poles are obvious tie points. The sprinkler system and heating pipes are readily available tie points. Hmmm, what would happen if a sprinkler pipe or heating pipe broke loose? With a little too much time on my hands, I started looking at the poles, their diameters, distance between, etc. Also I knew from much experience if I made the suggestion for such a system, I would be standing in front of a tug boat's fire hose running at full pressure. Al's scrap pile included some very nice under lament. The supply of under lament was a little short. I asked Josh if there was any more under lament, and he produced another 4X4' piece. This might have been left over from the little summer cottage they just finished building in NE Harbor. The brackets need to be strong since they will be attached to the poles and support the tension of the lines and weight of masts. The poles were not all the same diameter, so another hole saw was added to my collection. Bolts could be purchased at Marden's for about 40% less than the hardware store. I was not so fortunate with the eye bolts. The boxes were made and fasten into place. It took about a 180' of line to rig it.

The high school sailing team quickly made use of the lines for hanging sails (hey, I was told I could not hang a sail to dry inside). Also the PFD storage unit was use for drying out dry suites. When the keel boats came out of the water, they found out that the cross members is a great place to store masts.

These cross members are hard to see in the photos but they work well. It would have been good to have used a drill press for cutting the holes. Also, low stretch line should have been used. "We are all still learning" Joel White (well some of us are still learning).

Here is what it used to look like:

old clothes line 1 old clothes line 2 old clothes line 3

New clothes line:

New clothes line 2

New clothes line 4

New clothes line 3