Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Baxter and I try not to get what we call "Shinied-out"...where you buy something because it's pretty but it's either overpriced, impractical, or frivolous.  Well...we went to Ullman Sails in Deltaville to have our storm trysail (very small triangular main used in bad weather) and our staysail (sail forward of the mast but not as far forward as the jib) evaluated.  Everything looked good with the sails, they just needed to be cleaned (smelled like diesel) and they needed to have their hanks replaced.  Hanks are the fasteners that attach a sail to a stay - like a headstay or a forestay, unless the sail is on a furling line (which is then used to unroll the sail, which is how our main and jib work.)

These new hanks are S-H-I-N-Y but they are definitely not impractical or frivolous, and they make us very very happy.  

In addition, we also bent the jib on today.  There is a lot to be said for a sailboat with sails hoisted.  It is going to be hard to keep us at the dock for the remaining projects.
Soooo pretty....

Trying to get the shackle (stripped) off the furler so we can attach the jib while the wind is less than 15 kts, which  has only occurred about 2 days in the last 3 1/2 weeks.

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