Hey John- whoops! I meant by way of the locks on the canal
The boat came with a decent main, a holey spinaker (no not blessed by a preist) a mint condition spinaker and a genoa
for some other type of boat- however thee was no Jib
. I took the genoa
over to Dave Bierig, the sailmaker
in Erie PA to see if perhaps that genoa could be fashioned into a jib appropriate for my boat. He was horrified (the genoa was made by him 20 some years ago) and would not consider canabalizing it. (said it would take more work to modify it than to make a new one) Luckily one of his staff noticed the sail, took measurements and found it was a good match for his catamaran
and bought it- so I had half of my payment for a new jib. Due for its first sail in 2 weeks. I can't wait to see how she runs with the new jib!! I never used the spinaker last season-as I had no knowledge of how it was rigged and flown and couldn't find anyone who did. I found a group of people on yahoo forums
who now these boats very well and got the pointers I needed- and even found a 20 year old video somebody posted and saw how amazing this innovative system is. So I'm psyched for some fun sails
with new cloth and skills to be honed.
Yes the mast
is unstayed- which is part of the reason I can't apply any folding mast steps to help me with maintenance
up high. no biggie though,
as I do appreciate the virtues of the carbon fiber self standing mast-
less to go wrong, however not so easy to step and unstep. I had astay snap right behind my back in a race
once on an Escow- scary! We were neck and neck with a fine sailor named Buddy Melges on my lake in the Eastern nationals in 1987, we were DNF.
You have a great looking craft, something I would aspire to. I've never sailed on a yacht like that!
Thanks for the welcome, Happy sails!