Good job, Vic! Sorry I never got back to you re: rigging. It's been Hell on Toast around here, with limited internet & Bucc18 face time to spare. Heh. I haven't even put the hiking straps back in the Bucc yet -- tho I'd best remember to, cuz you aren't going real far w/out them! You'll learn fast on that boat. Just watch your head on the boom, & if the wind starts kicking, get to shore
. Any shore.
It's easier to advise than to do, but soon as the water is warm enuf, you should practice capsizing & righting the boat. The first time is slow and confusing and beats you up a little. Also, you'll find out which stuff floats away, how the sails behave, etc. Much better to run thru it on a calm day, near shore, with somebody watching from shore than to try it first time in 25kts in the middle of the lake. It's an easy boat to stand back up, but there is a knack. Make sure your rudder is pinned to the transom, or it can go bye-bye!
We splash the SJ21 tomorrow, hooray. Bucc needs to wait a few weeks; water's still in the low 40s and may actually get colder: the high mountain runoff is just beginning now, and the water pouring into our lake was snow a few days ago. But hey. We have a lake again, so who's complaining?
BTW, on real glass-over days, when the wind seems totally nonexistant, try easing the jib and the mainsail downhaul/outhaul quite a bit to bag out the center of the main. Then sit on the low side and induce ~ 20 degrees of heel. Really lean that sucker, until the rail is almost in the water. Bet you start moving.
I've never seen a boat go in dead air like the Bucc will, once you reduce its wetted surface.