Re: James McMullen's Rowan, an Oughtred Snooty Tern
Ahoy, Jim! Just got back off the water--you know, charging across the seething, churning straits, rail down, double-reefed in a driving rainstorm, really loses a lot of its drama when you're in a ballasted keelboat. Practically boring in comparison. It was nice to have the wood stove along though. Apparently this same weather front dumped all kinds of snow in the Cascades. Still chilly!
Yes, athwartships works very well, especially if you locate your halliard directly opposite your downhaul attachment point in such a way so that they perfectly offset each other and load the mast in column. This will eliminate a chance of the mast flexing and loosening up your halliard tension at the wrong moment.
Amphibious Macroplankton Oughtredia doublendus
Mostly found frequenting the littoral and estuarine zones in the southern half of the Salish Sea, though sightings have been recorded both north and south of this area, and occasionally, but rarely, inland, in freshwater environments. This species lives on micro-brewed beer and dutch-oven biscuits,and displays brightly colored nylon and gore-tex plumage during the rainy season. Approach with caution!