Finished installing hardware about 8 a.m., down to the ramp in Elizabeth City by 9:00, out on the water with the new mizzen mast before 10:00. What a relief!
New mast worked perfectly. Just about a month from the time of the mast failure to sailing again. My thanks to the students and teachers at the boat shop.
I received a question from "doatley" as to why I did not continue sailing with the main and jib. "Balance" is my reply. The boat is perfectly balanced with the three sails and also balanced under mizzen and jib. Without the mizzen SPARTINA is a poorly balanced sloop with the center of effort for the sails much too far forward. If I had 20 or 30 miles to go I might have given it a shot. But not 100+ miles. Had it been an emergency I could have made progress. It was not an emergency, it was supposed to be fun. And one other point, the boom tent relies on support from the mizzen mast. It partially collapses without one. Again, this is supposed to be fun. A couple rainy nights without a proper tent? Not fun.
I can't wait to get back down there next year.
The trailer took a beating on I-95. I replaced it with a new one. This is the reflected of the fenders on SPARTINA'S hull. Kind of interesting.