Thanks for all the comments folks, we're always open for advice, good and bad. For us, the goal for taking the boat out with no mast/rigging was two fold. We wanted to ensure it actually floated and that our backup propulsion
was reliable. You know, get it out see how she handles and just enjoy a sunset from the new boat. Since we're not new to boats I did of course have a couple paddles in the boat and could definitely have paddled my way back. That being said, given the hour and the fact I had made the judgment call to not spring for portable lights and use the money
to actually wire up something permanent, the jetski was the quickest option.
This morning I got up early and pulled the intake screens and was unable to find any obstructions (ingress or egress). So as already mentioned on this thread I suspect I need an impeller...working on that now. The primary reason for having the OB is as a backup. Our place is on a very protected little cove and very rarely has much wind, my hope is that as we learn more about handling sails
and trim, that we'll be able to manage without it entirely...but till then it seemed the simplest option. Our whole goal with this boat is to learn to sail and begin our journey towards cruising, so I'm sure I'll view every single
time we have to fire it up as a bit of a personal failure but would rather have an option to get us back home easily when needed.
Unfortunately, my goofing with the OB this AM killed most of the morning and by the time it was mostly settled, it was almost 100 degrees so we retired to the water
and a few cold beers. Tomorrow morning while it's cool, the plan is to get up step the mast
and do our best to muddle through the rigging
and bending sails
. If we have a breeze we might even paddle out and see what we can do, but I wouldn't be surprised if it takes us much longer than it would a true sailor to get things figured out. For me, the really exciting part is that we've finally STARTED the journey. Been reading, planning and saving for a long time...this is the fun part...or at least I'm hoping it will be once we get the logisitics sorted out.
Once again, thanks for the advice, please keep it coming. I truly enjoy reading this forum daily and have already learned a ton.
More to come...