Dang, guys! Between Craig's headache and Bob's heebie-jeebies...well, I was gonna say I'm getting worried about even going out sailing...but now that I type it, I'm thinking...NEW BOAT NAME! Heebie Jeebie might just be a winner. Craig's Headache sounds too much like a grunge band name.
I've been concerned about lots of the unconventional mods the PO made, the engine well being the most significant. However, and Bob will appreciate this, she absolutely found us, and now she's our baby, flaws and all. I'm still a beginner, so I'm making plenty of mistakes, but I'm learning as I go. Lessons like, "Don't drill holes in stainless steel tubing" and "Don't trust a POs odd-mods" may prove to be crucial. If so, I'll own it and hopefully be around to tell the tale.
About that fuzzed up, worn out main sheet... all new running rigging (color-coded 5/16 Samson XLS) was ordered today. The jury was still out on the funky mainsheet setup, so I hadn't replaced the worn-out sheet. After a few sails, I have no real complaints, so I decided to stick with it for now, and waited for the Defender Memorial Day sale to buy.
Apologies for hijacking this thread!
Sailing on the good ship HeebieJeebie