Hey guys, I just wanted to update and ask a few questions... Well, after a summer of sailing my Hobie and repairing it to a state of, Ican grab it and sail now, so I don't need to keep it at home, I dropped it off at the storage unit and grabbed my Venture and brought her home...
In a nutshell, I got the shop vac out, cleared out all the rainwater, sucked out all the nasty-ness in the cabin, cleared all the trash (finally it was within close proximity to a trash can) and took her for a short spin.
I had to rig up the rigging, though. My forestay I cut too short, I don't have all the right blocks and shackles/hardware, but I got some parts leftover from the hobie project and a stop off at Home Depot and I was at least able to take her out.
Also, I had my wife repair the rip in the sail. And then reinforced it with colored Duct tape... yeah, I konw, but the sail is onits last leg anyway, and I figured I could get a few sails out of her like this before it destroys itself.
So I updated some pics and a video of my boat on my picassa page here: Picasa Web Albums - Andrew - Venture 17
I have a few rigging questions. I understand the standing rigging okay, its the running rigging I have questions with. There is a double block to a single block halfway down the boom. Whats that for? And does anyone use a boom stay rope from the end of the boom to the mast head? Does that interfere with trying to "flatten" the sails in heavier winds? Anywho, please watch my little video on the picassa page.. it has all my questions, and I'm late for work.