For those of you who don't know how a sailboat works, this is a big deal. On a sloop rigged boat like Sea Bird, there are basically two sails. Most of the power to move the boat comes from the "main" sail (hence the name). There is a sail forward of the main called various things like the head sail, genoa, jenny, etc. Basically this sail turbocharges the main, making it much more efficient. In addition, it is very helpful if this sail can be easily adjusted. Modern boats have a furling system which winds this sail around the forestay (the steel cable that runs from the forward point of the boat to the top of the mast) allowing for almost infinite adjustment of this sail from the cockpit.
This is the system that failed on sea trials before we bought the boat, so we knew it would have to be replaced and is what has been the main reason we have spent the past week in the yard at Deaton Yachts in Oriental, NC. (Finer service and people one could not find.)
Today all of the parts came together and the system went up, as did the headsail. Carol took some pictures.
I got two things accomplished today, in addition to my limited contributions toward headsail installation. One was repairing the anchor light, located
Remember I told you I did two things today? The second one is delicious. I got the grill installed and grilled pork chops.
Carol declared it good.