The channel is the piece of wood that holds the lower shrouds and topmast backstays off the ship. It is fastened to the ship just under the cap rail. The Shrouds and backstays have irons that run through them before they terminate at the chain plates.
We found some rot on the inboard edge of the Stbd main channel and in the whale strake just behind the channel. The decision was made to remove the channel in order to repair the channel and replace the rotten part of the whale strake. In order to remove the channel we were required to cast off our lower shrouds and topmast backstays. This means will be tuning them this fall. This project coupled with our extended sailing season is the reason why Cover Day has not been published or decided upon. We need to finish this project and we will then decide on a day.
These pictures should give you an idea of scope of the work that Bob and Pat are doing.