Ariel went into the water on June 5, neither late nor early according to our past performance. We stored mast-down this winter since we added roller furlers to the jib and staysail. We bought Spin-Tec at the Strictly Sail Boat Show in Chicago; they are known for their simplicity, and rugged durability. I'm still in shock: I never thought I would install roller furling on my boat. The ability to make or hand sail without having to venture onto the foredeck has become increasingly important to this aging body. It will also be nice to go for a daysail without a lot of sweat.
We also added a tri-color masthead light to increase our visibility at night.
Now we are learning how to tune the rig with the roller furlers.
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