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Great entry and photos, thanks for sharing! And way to go with your repairs.

But too bad about Peru. I hope Chile will work out better for you.

Out of curiosity, when you radio to Tramar or Guardia Costera, and when you talked to the chaps who boarded you, was it in English or Spanish?
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Out of curiosity, when you radio to Tramar or Guardia Costera, and when you talked to the chaps who boarded you, was it in English or Spanish?
Ships on the high seas mostly use English when communicating with shore stations, and the coast guards have English-speaking radio operators. The uniforms who boarded us in San Nicolas were led by an English-speaking officer, and the female officer in the group was also rather fluent in English.
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Any other countries to avoid besides Peru? Maybe I should turn it around and ask what countries were a peasant experience that you could recommend as a place to visit?
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Your blog is very nicely done, I enjoyed that… I envy you, you’re headed to an awesome part of the world, I’ll be following your adventures with interest, and best wishes…

One suggestion regarding your main… I presume, like most in-mast furling mains I see, the webbing that failed does not roll up inside the mast when furled… Wouldn’t surprise me if UV degradation of the webbing could have contributed to its failure, you might want to fabricate a small removable sleeve or cover just for the webbing, as obviously the sailcloth itself is already so protected…
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Your blog is very nicely done, I enjoyed that… I envy you, you’re headed to an awesome part of the world, I’ll be following your adventures with interest, and best wishes…

One suggestion regarding your main… I presume, like most in-mast furling mains I see, the webbing that failed does not roll up inside the mast when furled… Wouldn’t surprise me if UV degradation of the webbing could have contributed to its failure, you might want to fabricate a small removable sleeve or cover just for the webbing, as obviously the sailcloth itself is already so protected…
Thank you for your kind comments.

We have already figured-out the UV degradation aspect, and have whipped-up a small cover. Now we have to figure a good system to remind ourselves it is in place; probably a red tag on the outhaul.
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Michael,

Thanks so much for your update. I'm gunna have to remember to put your blog in my favorites. It is a very good read and very well done. I have a stupid question for you though. I have no experience with furling mains. Is there no way to get the clew down to a more comfortable deck level? Maybe unfurl and tame it with a halyard wrap? Like I said, I know jack about them, but I swear I got sore just reading your account and looking at your pictures of you riding your steed while making repairs.
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Michael,

Thanks so much for your update. I'm gunna have to remember to put your blog in my favorites. It is a very good read and very well done. I have a stupid question for you though. I have no experience with furling mains. Is there no way to get the clew down to a more comfortable deck level? Maybe unfurl and tame it with a halyard wrap? Like I said, I know jack about them, but I swear I got sore just reading your account and looking at your pictures of you riding your steed while making repairs.
In the 30-knot plus winds during the repair, I could see no other practical way of effecting the repair. In calmer conditions, I could have rolled-out a few metres and brought the clew back to the mast and closer to deck level, or rolled out the entire sail and lowered it on its halyard. The mount on the "steed" was actually rather comfortable; it was just the howling wind and flailing sail that made it awkward.
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