A few words about the rigging: My colleagues at the Workshop on the Water, sailors all, strongly recommend that I run all halyards and sheets back to the cockpit. No point sending the mate forward unnecessarily, after all. So, with a few extra blocks, I ran the throat and peak halyards along the port side of the cabin top, and tied them off on a couple of homemade white oak cleats at the cockpit.
|Mainsail halyards lead back to cockpit|
|The Dyneema bridle and peak halyard.|
|Topping lift cleated to mast on port side, jib halyard through block on starboard side|
I rigged the mainsheet using some antique blocks I rebuilt. I had intended to make my own blocks following a recent article in Woodenboat, but these are much cooler and rebuilding was a lot easier than making them from scratch.
|Strops, also Dyneema, hold mainsheet blocks.|
Iain Oughtred's Grey Seal makes a pretty fine motorboat if you don't have sails yet. We have taken a few brief cruises on the Delaware River, seeing the sights, giving folks on the banks a chance to ogle, and generally feeling good about having built a boat.
|My son Andrew and his girlfriend Alysha visited at the end of May.|
|Motoring toward the USS New Jersey, a Missouri class battleship from WWII|
|Brad and I study the sailplan in his loft. Abby is taking a break on the loft floor.|
|Brad Linthicum lays his batten along the edge of the jib-to-be|
|Cutting out reinforcements for the reefs|
|The jib and Abby on the floor,|