Pre-Sail Inspection & Rigging

Yesterday was a big day for the Buena Vista, she in now fully rigged and ready to sail!

That's a beautiful view itself...

The first order of business was to find someone who actually knows what they are doing when it comes to the rigging, sails, and being awesome. That's where our friend (and now coach) Courtney comes in to play. She has been sailing her entire life and has taken enough pity on us to help get us started in the sport.

She agreed to meet me at the marina yesterday to help go over the rigging and help put up the sails. After some looking around on board, checking checklists, and general kicking of the tires it was time for the fun stuff. We inspected the sails on the dock and once she approved them (she actually sail they looked great, FYI) we started putting them on the mast. This seemed a lot less challenging that I thought it should, but Courtney assured me that it was just because I was a natural sailor.

Here's a picture of Courtney doing some inspecting...

Once we got the sails up and covered it was time to work on the rigging for the boom. This turned out to be a little tougher than advanced trigonometry. After fiddling around with rope, blocks, and shackles for a while we resorted to the age ol' solution of checking out how other boats looked around the marina. This got us moving forward and then our marina neighbor came over (after watching us struggle for a while) and helped us finish up the job.

One more thing to note is that the Buena Vista has gained somewhat of a fan club around the marina. I guess it's from me working down there almost daily for the past two weeks, but I've got a growing list of well-wishers and supporters ready to hear how it goes on the water.

For now all of the prep work is done, now I just have to wait until Saturday to cast off. Needless to say I feel just a little kid on Christmas Eve.

This is going to be the longest 24 hours ever....

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