After working most of the day on the boat checking wiring, switches, bending on the main, figuring reef lines, down-hauls etc etc I had pretty much decided I was exhausted and the first sail in the new boat would have to wait until Monday pm....
Went and got a big coke and a small burger, came back to the boat, ate the burger and thought "lets go dammit"..... so I did.
Boy do I like the way this boat answers the helm under power or sail. Feels a little like a Porsche! Anyway it was blowing pretty good from the southwest. managed to get the sails up, trimmed the sails so nothing was makin noise or fluttering and all of sudden I m running about 6 knots without any fuss.
So basically the main was kinda bagged with some missing battens and the damn boat still sails like a dream. Very cool.
Later I set the main up abit differently and the shape looked much better. With all this going for me it was time to do something stupid so agreed to drop off some preservers to a friend at a local boatyard. Came about and headed up the river to the yard, dropped sails did the deed and headed out again when it suddenly came to my attention something was swinging around up there above my head....main halyard shackle had loosened up and was now out of reach...me in a nasty chop with a short shaft temporary engine and well....murphy's 12 and final law of boating came into my head (Noah?)
"iF you notice something is not right and do not fix it it it will break when you are not expecting it and you will immediately know with absolute certainty that you are a first class ass who deserves whatever happens"
yup. Well I got back in relaxed and when I brought the boat in she turned into the berth like she was on wires....Eventually got the halyard and considered myself properly reminded of Doing the Right Thing first...on a boat period. and thus ended the lesson...this boat is going to be fun to sail and work on...I'm stoked!