Naw, hit up Momofuku noodle bar! Awesome food, only slightly more expensive than McDonald's.I agree its a little rushed, I wouldn't have an issue with spending most of the time MV and Block With several suggestions so far I am leaning towards going to Block Island first then MV...after that we'll see what we feel up to. I do want to relax, at the same time I want to take advantage of the opportunity to get up there and see as much as we can comfortably. NYC is slowly moving to the bottom of the list, maybe on another trip. I have been there often by land, and frankly afraid if I step onto Manhattan I will end up spending to much $$$ at restaurants, I was already thinking about dinner one night at Per Se or Daniel! LOL
Well you could always use a bit of bamboo?!?!?!?!Any chance you can find or borrow another pole? Given the amount of lighter airs you're likely to encounter on this trip, flying a chute could afford some of the most fun you could have underway...
Most people who travel with multiple head sails do it so they have a sail that is good for the conditions. Redundancy is just a side benefit. For a costal cruse it seems to me that you could have some boxes packed and labeled at home. Have one box labeled Main Sail, another extra Jib and what not. If you blow out a main sail, call home have it sent FedEx overnight to the nearest port. Worst case is going to be that you have to motor to the next port. Would not likely cost more than 1/2 day and $25. I am assuming you are doing this solo, as you talk about going off shore alone a lot.Wow, no one carries a spare mainsail in New England! That is an amazing fact!
Why do you think so many sailors carry several jibs or at least a backup jib, but not a backup main?
Seems like a smart idea to me...
Here is the blog post on the couple who lost their mainsail on a coastal hop, and the difficulties it caused them: What I know... - Vacilando
The fact is, on a short coastal hop, no one wants to send a sail out to a loft, or rely exclusively on the engine. Why not bend on a spare main. We do own SAILboats, after all (at least some of us do).
(By the way, I realize a number of you don't really ever sail, but are content to motor to various destinations, with the mainsail trimmed to centerline. You might be more comfortable in a trawler, so why pretend?)