Re: Near disasterous first sail
Yes their are several devices that keep the sail slugs above the slot.
On way is a separate slug with a thumbscrew that clamps in place.
There are also little brackets the attach to the mast that swing out to let the sail down and in to hold it up. Check to see if one was ever mounted.
As to your experience the pointing the boat into the wind and putting down the dagger board are now lessons learned. Wouldn't happen again.
You also now know that 5 to 10 knots is plenty of wind while you are learning.
Next time will be better.
As far as your bride goes that boat is small enough you can learn on it by yourself.
Get a piece of light line or some other way to fix the tiller so you can motor slowly while hoisting the main.
Go out a few times by yourself until you have it mastered then invite your wife.
Then let her be a passenger except for a few minutes on the helm if she wants to.
You will hook her too.
The lesson from the Icarus story is not about human failing.
It is a lesson about the limitations of wax as an adhesive.
If you have an engineering problem solve it.
Last edited by davidpm; 05-26-2014 at 10:06 PM.