Habemus velam…

et mastilis…!

Sunny and bright but windy, with winds from the South gusting at 30-40 kph. Not the best day for rigging a sail in a boat moored almost in a N-S line. Nevertheless, it had to be tried. The mast was open at the hinge and the sail was rigged by threding first the bolted rope to the slot in the gaff, then the slugs for the luff went into the track in the lower portion of the mast (after removing the gaff tack from the mast), and at the end the bolted rope of the foot was eased into the slot in the boom. To avoid entanglements with the many lines and stays, the sail was rigged from the port side leaving all lines to starboard except the port shrowd, which stayed to port. The sail downhaul was rigged on the port side of the luff and the bolts and nuts of the hinge placed back. The anchor light and the windex were reinstalled and the cables for the lights in the mast, connected at the mast hinge. The mast went up at first try and so did the sail. In the picture the sail was not completely hoisted, it still lacked battens and the reefing lines, and the boom was attached to the gallows to prevent accidental gybes: it was just to check for entanglements and for the pics…

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