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Sorry to not have posted something a little more current on this project. Life and the necessity of earning a living (by which we are able to support our habit!) always finds a way to interfere.

The old, tired, and dangerously worn traveler is off and disassembled. Measurements have been taken and the new components ordered. We're also replacing all of the mainsheet blocks, the mainsheet, our main halyard and masthead sheave, our reefing lines and sheaves, and installing proper lazyjacks.

The traveler un-install basically went off without a hitch. A few of the bolts required some coaxing with PB Blaster, and an impact driver had to be used on two of the bolts securing the traveler track to the curved bridge piece. The only real casualty was the short panel zipper in the galley overhead liner. It was badly corroded and after days of gentle nudging and bathing in vinegar and Blaster, it simply crumbled. We cut the zipper tape in order to get access to the traveler bolts. A new headliner has been a planned future project; now, a bit nearer-future. In the interim, we'll just suture the panel back together when the new traveler installation is done.

For a variety of reasons, we're confined to mostly coastal and bay/sound sailing for the foreseeable future. We've decided to remove the inner forestay and sail Jo Beth as a sloop until we're sailing offshore on a more consistent basis. We dug out our old 120 genoa and it will be going to the sailmaker for an inspection and (hopefully) installation of a new sun cover. If the sail is too tired to justify the cost of a new sun cover, then we'll look at replacement with a used sail. The running backs need replacing anyway.

That's it in a nutshell. I'll do a blog entry this next week while we're at the in-laws for Thanksgiving.

I hope all of you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Bill & Lisa Ballard
S/V Jo Beth
1984 Pacific Seacraft Crealock 34, Hull #16

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