We were so excited to finally step the mast! Other sailors kept saying “where’s your mast? & somethings missing! We kept explaining that we were stepping the mast soon. We required a crane to step our 43 foot tall Aluminum mast. In order to do this, we motored from Genoa Bay Marina, where we were staying to the Government dock in Cowichan Bay. Following shipbuilding tradition, a few days earlier, we had glued a 2015 Loonie to the mast step. This ceremonial practice is believed to have originated in ancient Rome. Two theories for why sailors have been doing this are: 1) the coin will allow the sailors to cross into the afterlife if the ship is sunk. 2) The coin functions as a form of sacrifice, thanking the gods for a successful construction or divine protection in the future. Either way, gluing a coin to the mast step seemed like a good idea. This is just one of the many nautical traditions that we intend to follow. The crane finally arrived with the mast and it was slowly lowered down into position. The shrouds were secured to the chain plates and the stays were secured to the bow and stern. Overall, it was very successful and we felt Arctic Loon looked much more complete with her mast.