It felt good to rig Spartina this morning. Winter has been mild, but I've missed sailing her for four months now. I was surprised to find that both reefs were tied into the mainsail. Just now checking my entries from the November I see that I did if fact go from full main to a single reef and then a double reef on my last sail of the year.
There is the new deck slot cap in place. Doesn't look too bad, does it? There was no wind this morning, I could have easily lifted the mast vertically to set it in place. Instead I pulled off the deck cap and put the mast in place (as my friend Shawn at Pate Boatyard says) Iwo Jima-style, putting the foot of the mast into the slot then walking the mast forward to the vertical position. I was pleased to find that it was a simple task easily done.
I'll try to make those small improvements this week and hope for sailing weather next weekend.
I see that Mosquito has tucked into a canal in a very nice looking neighborhood in Pompano Beach, Florida. I expect they are tying up for the night. Pretty classy looking campground if you ask me. Enjoy it guys!
For more on the trip take a look here.