I've not sailed PNW, but I'll attempt to comment anyway.
Old sails - you will notice that you don't go as fast or point upwind as well, but this is liveable
Lines OK - sometimes it's hard to tell. Had a mainsheet fail very unexpectedly mere hours after completing a refit
. I had no idea the line was in trouble until it failed. It's worthwhile to have spare line so you can jury rig something and limp home after a failure.
- I've never navigated off an iPad, but I really like the confidence of a modern chartplotter
. It takes all the stress out of navigating shallow waters. Combined with crowdsourced info (in my case ActiveCaptain), I can sail in shallow areas without constant panic about running aground. If you can navigate confidently and not have to spend tons of time calculating your approaches, great. If not, I'd say the peace of mind from a chartplotter
with updated charts loaded is well worth it.
You say the ground tackle is "OK" - I would really test this system and think carefully. You never know when a thunderstorm will roll through and bring 50+kt winds while you're on the hook. An oversized, modern anchor
combined with reliable rode
(I like all chain, but depending on your intended use you might make a different decision) makes for an infinitely better night of sleep on the hook. If you expect to spend most nights in dock
, then maybe you don't need to worry about it.
Lazy Jacks - I have lazy jacks and a stack pack. It's nice when dropping sail, but annoying when hoisting as sometimes the battens want to catch in the lazy jacks. For singlehanding
(which is what I do 90% of the time), the lazy jacks are a must. I wouldn't be able to drop sail in an organized way without the stack pack. A dutchman system may be worth thinking about, but you have to think carefully about the wear on the dutchman itself as well as the sails. More expernsive would be a furling
system on the main, but I don't personally think they're worth the money
. If you expect to have crew every time you sail, maybe you can drop sail and stack it on the boom by hand every time. Otherwise, I think the lazy jacks are pretty much required.
Overall, my general advice
would be to sail this boat a few times, and learn for yourself which systems work
well and which are a pain. Spend your money
making the painful parts
less painful, and have a great sail!