Really the only thing that broke was the car for the outhaul
on the furling
main, on the first leg from Maryland
. It was caused by the Outhaul
line having been replaced by a VERY oversized line for the outhaul, which caused a ton of friction passing through the blocks in the boom and twisted the car to it's breaking point. It wasn't convenient but we where able to jury rig it to finish the trip. We found a replacement for it while we where home and replaced it before our Christmas
cruising and the return trip.
Since then we've had no problems and the boat has been pretty much flawless (knock wood). It did however point out some of the upgrades we feel we need. Currently no real chart plotter, radar
. The radar
would have gone a long way to decreasing our stress level negotiating all the oil
rigs and shipping
traffic in the gulf as you approach Houston/Galveston. Some solar
would be nice too.