Re: Dismasted/1964 Challenger
First sea trial, almost 8 months later, to the day. Last minute "fixes" to shore up standing rigging (I love the swageless fittings) and cast off Sunday at 16:35, returning 5 hours later. Wind was 12-15kn, seas 3-4 outside the breakwater and in Hurricane Gulch (inside break) pulled out jib abd executed some maneuvers, successfully all the while listening intently for loud, or any, noises. Then hoisted main and went past the lighthouse into the channel. More wind and some seaway going and went hard into it, gybed (intentional) and went back into port. She handled super on all points of sail attempted and when back in the slip checked rig tune and pretty much the same as when starting.
So far, so good.
My initial impressions- considering there wasn't much loss of weight, maybe 15 lbs total, so no huge gain in reducing heel, but much of that is up high- the original spreaders are beefy enough to be a close quarters weapon and the new version is feather light (and 5.5 inches shorter, each) and the masthead is lighter. This isn't a bad thing as the initial and reserve stability is still good and not "twitchy". The new stick is much stiffer, but still flexes well enough, from early observation. First test was without battens in the main and standing rigging tensioned by feel and sighting up the mast and forestay. I will do more formal documentation in the future and will post more as time goes on.
Was it worth it? Time will tell but getting the old girl with a new dress into the wind was pretty much priceless.
More, later. Huff