Hi again Jeff,
First the british tax system ... this can be summed up in a few words. Squeeze them like lemons. I could probably use all my tax demands as sufficient ballast if I had kept them all!
Second, I am not committed to my crazy idea as yet, just wanted to kick it around and see if anyone else had done anything like it.
Third - dismasted several times? You are not really Sinbad the Sailor in disguise are you? Only joking my friend.
Fourth and last. Great idea. Why dont I launch her as she is without the mast and rigging and drive around for a bit and see what she handles like. Why couldn't I think of that.