|What a diference a stay makes!|
First of all, the stays'l issue: turns out, the fix was simpler than we thought (don't you just love it when that happens?). While I was in the anchor locker looking at the fitting just before Scott was about to rip it from the deck I noticed something special: a threaded hole in the middle of the fitting. "Wait!" I yelled up to Scott. The wheels turned quickly in my head. "That hole couldn't be there for nothing" I thought to myself. After a little super sleuthing I connected the dots and realized that the threaded hole was for a mini-stay. This little stay would then connect to a fitting glassed into the base of the hull (the strongest part, mind you) thus reinforcing our deck and making the stays'l strong. Scott came down and took a look, gave me a high five for figuring it out ("I wondered what that hole was for") and we called the (very good) riggers who did our marine survey to make sure my hunch was legit.
|That there hole in the middle is meant to house a mini stay!|
|The new fitting for the say, top of the anchor locker.|
|The fitting for the mini-stay at the bottom of the anchor locker.|
In other news, it looks like our weather window for crossing the Gulf Steam is soon, very soon. I don't want to jinx it, and I don't want to make any promises; but if the chips fall as we hope, we should be Bahamas bound by next Wednesday. As such, things are a bit busy around here grabbing last minute spares, provisioning the boat, and doing small projects that we've put off. If you have a spare "good vibe", we'd love for you to send it our way to ensure we can get off the dock with no major hiccups...