Hey Chad: Just wondering how it was going with your "new" boat? I got out yesterday in my Challenger, the first time in a while. The TV forecast was for winds from 20-30 mph, which was a bit of an exaggeration though it got rough at times. I mostly sailed with a reefed main and small jib, but at times it was only the reefed main. Later conditions moderated and I had the full main up with a small jib. Around here it seems the only time the wind blows is when a weather front is coming through. All in all, a pretty good day to sail.
Sorry for the extended delay. I was out sailing a fair amount and then hunting season came on. Then, I thought I had set up an email notification for any responses to any of my posts, but I never received any. Then had some computer problems and lost the name of this forum! Whew, with all of the alibi's out of the way....
The boat has been great to me. I waxed and stored it away a few months ago, but am already thinking about the Spring. The roughest wind I've had it out in was about 20 with gusts to 25. After puttering around on the mountain lakes like I had been, with winds barely 5-10, it was awesome! I had a full main and jib. However, I did notice the housing for my keel was spreading apart a little more than I'd like to see, when tacking. But otherwise, the performance has assuaged any regrets I had about purchasing.
I'm curious, for reefing your main, did you use the tell-tales to just tie around the boom at the desired level? Also, how did you take in some of your jib? If I may also ask about your setup based on your uploaded photographs;...
What is the secondary line coming off of the bracket you hook in the jib? It looks like it's going to the mast?
What is the line that comes out of your "cabin" area and goes through the same jib bracket mentioned above?
What is the line running down off of that same bracket, down around the starboard side?
Again, I'm terribly sorry for the ridiculous delay. I promise I'll be more responsive! Also, just wanted to again say what an awesome resource this is. I would have never found any other Challenger owners without this!