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Re: Words of Wisdom; Words of Warning
I can't believe you aren't getting more stories in this thread. I've only had my boat half a season and I have one.
The first sail I took on my new-to-me Pearson 28-2, when I raised the main, it didn't go all the way up, stopping a couple of inches (maybe even less) from the top of the mast. "Huh, it didn't do that during the sea trial" I said. I did some research and determined I should at least try some SailKote. Didn't help. Fortunately, although the issue impacted the shape of the sail, it didn't seem to much impact my ability to sail. So while it bothered me that I couldn't figure out why the sail wouldn't make it that last inch or two, it didn't seem very urgent.
Fast forward a couple of months and I'm reading a Sailnet thread on a different topic when someone writes 'and there will be days when you'll forget to release the traveler before you raise the main'. And I was like 'what? you need to release the traveler?'
I felt like a total noob, but the little keelboat I had sailed while learning to sail didn't have a traveler, so I'd never used one before. Hopefully some other noob will find this story and realize his problem long before I did.
1987 Pearson 28-2, Deale MD