Here's a boat update:
We've borrowed a mast from my dad, who's not using his boat this year, and stepped it. We've run most of the rigging, although a few things have us scratching our heads. Tonight before the race we'll tune the rig and try the main halyard for the first time.
The Mast Fund has been an unexpected success. 23 of you have contributed, and the total is $1964.68. (Typepad/Paypal appear to take an 8% cut, which makes those numbers look a little wonky. I think what you guys actually pledged comes out to $2010.) There was one anonymous donation that was exceptionally generous, and I actually got nervous and tearful when I saw it, and tried to figure out how to give it back. To you, I say, wow. I wish you could see my face. I wish I knew who you are, except partly I love not knowing. It feels a little bit like magic, this way. And to all of you, I say, thank you. I can sit here quivery and get all teary at this sense of support from so many people I've not yet met. It's a powerful kind of gratitude you've inspired in me. I don't have the vocabulary to write about it, really, which is why I've been speechless about it for a few days.
And my cup runneth over, because amazingly, the insurance company is going to send us a check for the mast, less our $250 deductible. So we can replace the mast, and if we are lucky enough to find a used mast that could work, we might have money left over to make a bunch of other necessary repairs. Ruby and I sat on the boat last night in the gathering darkness, running lines and halyards and making a list of all the things we should repair/replace.
If it's okay with those of you who donated, I'd like to use those funds for boat and house repairs, if insurance money fully covers the mast. If that's not okay, please let me know -- I can give the money back. I don't want anyone to think that I solicited money for false pretenses or anything like that.
The boat repair list that Ruby and I made last night:
1) Beer opener permanently affixed to boat
2) Trailer: fix rust / paint job? sail/gear box?
3) Spinnaker pole -- new end. ~$50?
4) Tiller: remove, epoxy, refinish
5) Traveller cleat
6) Mast puller?
7) Jib lead bullet block on starboard side
8) boom vang
9) Establish travel fund: pick regatta for 2007 -- Marblehead or Newport and set aside some $$
10) Larger twing blocks or smaller spinnaker sheets
11) Starboard jib block
12) Replace cam cleats: jib, spin halyard, mast puller
13) New traveller line
14) 4 Harken blocks for traveller and backstay
17) Fix jib tack
18) Install bilge pump
19) Tires for trailer
20) New sails?
21) Have port side chainplate looked at -- reinforce?
22) Bottom touch up
23) Redo nuts & washers
26) Gel coat spider cracks
27) Glass cosmetics