So, everything went pretty smoothly and according to plan with the Foundling's inaugural mast raising on Sunday, and once I had ceased babbling half-witted instructions to my kid and any wildlife observing nearby in that "Dad Pseudo-Nautical-Speak", as in, "Concurrently we'll splay the shrouds a-starboard, a-larboard and abaft so as not to foul the halyard periwinkles for the buffnibbins athwart yon fooblebinnacles!"
, my son and I got her up and pinned in maybe a minute tops--much easier than the larger Macgregor 26X's there in the background, even with its block-n-tackle Mast Raising System. Here's how she looked:
Of course, the very next evening I swung by the boatyard to drop it all again singlehandedly in order to square away the roller furling's and the main's halyards properly. The main's issue was just a matter of me being too simpleminded to make sure the right end of it (with the sailhead attachment thingy) was down towards the deck. Meanwhile, though once up it seemed the furler's halyard might have been jammed up within the furler tunnel somehow, upon closer examination, once she was down again, it just seems that a goodly length of line from some sort of sliding tab that runs the length of the furler in a sort of channel to follow the halyard line within, had simply gone where the woodbine twineth
, with only a little remaining residual scrap of line still attached to a hole in that slider tab. For all I know, the rest of that line is currently the elegant crown molding or supporting a hammock in some fashionable woodchuck's burrow nearby...And I somehow find either option an oddly comforting thought. Though I'm a bit new to all this, it seems there's no real problem after all: I just need to bowline enough of a length of line into the hole in that sliding tab to run it down towards the deck (possibly passing it first through some block up on the mast, I wonder?).
Next up this weekend will be sorting out the roller furling's lower barrel and its line (and/or lines) needed to furl and unfurl the sail. My Macgregor 26X has a CDI FF2 furler
, with a sort of barrel cover covering the spool within and a single line from its furler barrel. It just worked from the get go, so I never really needed to fix or even figure it out much. In contrast, the Com-Pac's furler has a sort of open reel spool for a barrel, and I imagine that there must be some sort of line (or perhaps lines) wound somehow within that spool. Here's how she looks, from above and from the side:
The furler has no markings I can find that might divulge its make or model, so if anyone can identify it from the photos, point me to any sort of manual or how-to guide or video, or just explain how it may be properly rigged (including its halyard stuff), I would be very grateful.
Until then, wish me luck! If all goes well, I am still hoping to splash it for the first time with me at the tiller next month.