Thanks guys... yup, did the archive search hence my original thanks, also bent plenty of ears and got the full skinny on rod rigging
and beyond other homework, talked to two different local skippers who have gone up. It's all armchair for me at this point but...I'm not sure that the so called Clipper Route was so strictly defined but you may be right... the idea of going out to go up is the constant. Not necessary to go all the way to Hawaii and over the High accorrding to some who have done it and the time involved not much longer, if longer at all, than trying to crawl up the coast under power. In my mind not any easier on the rig either with all the load cycling that would come with the pounding into the seas. Besides it's a damn sailboat isn't it
This girl has discontinous rod rigging(better for offshore)so will be climbing to check the fittings at the spreaders. This was a race
boat so I don't thing it's over engineered as much as a cruiser would be and for me a bit more of a nail-biter, but if things look good I won't worry too much.
Looks like we are moving forward. Any and all comments still very much appreciated! Put me to the test on this
and I will keep looking at the whole thing...