This is the beginning of a series of posts. Call it a dramatic mini series of the unexpected, the scary, the frustrating and maybe even the dangerous that have challenged us on our maiden voyage.
Jim half way up the mast, bag of tools trailing behind
Jim working at the top of the mast
Amazingly with a little tapping here and there and a squirt of WD 40 here and there the two parts of the furling mechanism suddenly came unstuck with the result that the sail immediately unfurled and started whipping around the deck with lines a-flailing!! Linn, Chris and I could barely manage to get them under control without being flung overboard until it dawned on me to activate the furler and reel the line in. The sail wound around the furler – as it was designed to do: mission accomplished. Rather pleased Jim lowered himself down, and about 1 ½ feet off the deck the connecting knot between the two lines came undone and he dropped down to the deck. Rather startling. It would not have been pretty had it happened when he was higher up!!
Jim's view from the top of the mast