Hi - as you may know, I purchased my first sailboat this year and have been having a great time with it.
Well, a friend and I went out today and ran around in the lake. Yes, this means we both hopped out and pushed for about an hour before being 'rescued' by a friendly stranger via rope pull.
I should of put my sails all the way down once I ran aground (they were 80% down haphazardly and not properly tied), because one of my battens broke on the main sail and punctured through the batten sheath due to the 15mph winds.
Question #1: I suppose battens are not optional components and I should replace this and patch the sheath? I suppose I know the answer, I think I just need to hear it
Question #2: I could only find one broken/punctured batten sheath, which is good. However, this was found in 3 pieces which accounted for longer than the allowed batten length. Is it possible they 'doubled up' and put two battens in there (a long one and a short one) in the same sheath? Or do you think I have another broken one somewhere I have not yet found. I only had time for a quick glance.
And oh yeah, my outboard motor stalls now when placed in reverse...so I do some google searches on that one this evening.
The good news is that both him and I kept great humour through all of this and managed to have a nice time.