Who could have ever guessed that somethng as simple as putting together a color scheme for the rigging would cause such consternation? Ok, anybody who knows us would guess that.
What made sense to me was fine until Capt. Perfecto's left brain kicked in when he realized I was reusing the solid red Endura line for the jib halyard AND the preventer. I told him it would be fine and that solid red made sense to me on the preventer- red. stop. prevent. Makes perfect sense. Well you can't use a solid line which was for a vertical application everywhere else on the boat for a preventer, which is a horizontal line. Yes, you can. No, you can't. Back and forth for a couple of hours and in the end not only will our jib halyard be red but so will the preventer and really, it will be just fine.
We are excited to try the new line out as Dyneema's superior strength means we can use a smaller size line to get the same tensile strength. Capt. Perfecto made a lovely spread sheet with all the loads, tensile strengths of various diameters, etc. I'm just happy because the bottom line is that smaller diameter means less friction on all the blocks and sheaves which makes trimming less taxing. You can see by the baggy main sail in the photo that I am a lazy trimmer so anything that makes my job easier is aces in my book and going with Dyneema rigging even at full retail is still a lot more cost effective than electric winches.
Hopefully very soon Mark will have that last punky bulkhead glassed and painted, we'll have the main sail cleaned and repaired and with our shiny new rigging installed we'll be doing what we love- spending time together on the water and learning all we can in preparation for our journey. Doing a complete refit with opposing brain types is a challenge. When we are sailing we just fall into a harmonious team rhythm with ease. After almost 2 years of refit follies, I'm looking forward to a little salt water inspired family harmony.
To be sure, there's still tons to do to get Ceol Mor ready to go but being able to sail again, even little day sails will put the wind back in our sails( awful pun intended) as we push onward to the next phase of our journey.