, what I have for the forestay is a snap shackle, since this is a trailer sailboat, and I need to step the mast every time I go out. If it were in the water
long-term, I would have a more permanent fixture on there for sure. But I appreciate the suggestion of tape - I had a similar idea, something to wrap the gate with to discourage accidental openings.
On the boom fixture, I'm not entirely sure how to replace it alone. I need to get up there to clean some things out from this trip, and I'll try to take some pictures of what I'm talking about.
As for my sails
, they are, by definition, second hand since they came with a 40-year old boat, and I'm not sure how to tell how "crisp" a replacement set would be without actually raising them under wind
. My jib
is standard size, and adequately flat for its work, but a larger genoa
for lighter winds would be nice. Off to Bacon to shop, I guess, this winter. Maybe I can scare up a boom attachment fitting while I'm there. And a main sail with mast track lugs instead of a bolt rope
, so I can lower without removing it completely from the mast. That'd be nice.
BOAT=Break Out Another Thousand