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I'd say first to print out the online manual you found. Then, take some white gaffer's tape (doesn't leave residue) or other wide tape and start putting labels on things. Lines, pulleys, hardware, the mast fittings...lay them out on the ground and try to get a name matched up on everything, with everything matched up to the instruction manual.
I know there's a lot there, most folks learn to sail "with" a boat, not by building one from a kit.
Once you get things matched up, you will have a better idea of what doesn't match. The owner additions (like that little pulley at the top) or changes that probably you should just ignore for now.
If you want to splurge...buy 100' of clothes line at a dollar store, use that to rig the two halyards and see how long each one actually needs to be. That will give you some safe numbers before you cut that monster line that has steel spliced in at both ends. The halyards need to be long enough to run all the way UP the mast, and all the way back down again, as if they were attached and the sails were lowered. Then you need enough extra line to be able to get to the correct winches or cleats as well. WIth any luck, what you've got will add up to that much.
Even if you've been sailing for years, and you get on a fully assembled boat for the first time, you have to play "What's that?" for a while before you get the hang of it all. So, don't feel discouraged by the confusion. Think of it as a giant jigsaw puzzle, take your time, match things up, eventually what's left over will only be able to fit into so many other places.
The boat looks nice and clean, in good shape overall. I'd bet you that for the price of a pizza and beer, you could get some experienced local help to come out and put it together with you. Sailors are like that--the quality of the journey counts, and the help you give comes back to you.
On getting the halyard down: Now you know why it's a good thing you don't have a bigger boat. You can careen the boat over sideways to try reaching it, or put a ball of sticky duct tape at the end of a long stick (bamboo, fishing pole, "crappy pole" from the local WalMart) and try to gum onto it. Or find a local high school kid who's good at skinnying up poles.
Last edited by hellosailor; 04-30-2007 at 04:54 PM.