Since taking up wooden boat building and sailing a few years ago, I've tackled a lot of thorny problems. But nothing like the problem that cropped up this spring. It's such a common problem, that I think it's worth some serious discussion. And some not so serious...
So, what do you do to keep your reluctant sailor happy?So it was finally here: Spring 2012. And what a spring it had been. The warmest on record. Perfect sailing weather. But the Blue Moon had been stuck at the dock with all her spars and sails out of her.
I'd had a good plan for a normal winter: redo all her running rigging so she'd be strong and easy to sail. It was a plan I'd been working on for over a year -- since returning from my long voyage home. And now I was done. I'd added powerful reefing gear to the main; figured out how to rig the mizzen so it would be easy to raise and lower; and I'd rebuilt her boomkin so it didn't interfere with tilting the outboard out of the water. Fantastic!
I'd replace old halyards, figured out a way to set my flying jib without flying overboard, even learned how to set the topsail, which probably hadn't been set by several past owners.
In short, the Blue Moon was ready for spring and I was raring to take my darling Helena out sailing.
Funny thing was, I couldn't seem to pin her down to a time...
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