Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Mistral's New Mains'l
It's been twenty years since the inception of the dory cruiser Mistral. She's been afloat for almost five years. Last weekend marked the completion of the design.
That's a long time. Thinking back at all the things that have happened in those years, both personally and over the world, it's a completely different place. There were times when this big dory was a burden, an unfinished hulk... Almost chainsawed it into scrap twice.
But more than anything, it's been good therapy.
For the last five years the sail rig has taken shape organically. Starting with a salvaged mast and used sails and ending recently with a new custom made mainsail. After weeks of hand sewing finish details, the sail was ready for a test on Sunday last. The crew showed up, the sun came out from behind the clouds and we went sailing.
There was no wind to speak of, but opportunities came and went for checking the set of the canvas and the drive of the ship. Snacks and champagne (Chuck brought his prize winning smoked salmon!) were passed around the cockpit. Therapy indeed!
My good friends Kim and John came out in their skiff and took photos. Kim is just learning to use her camera and she has an excellent eye. Thanks, Kim!
And thank you Chuck and Rick and Shay and Mary for excellent camaraderie, good food, hard work and helpful design improvement suggestions!
I'd also like to thank all of you who have offered encouragement and interest in this project, since the beginning of this blog. The idea behind this journal was to document Mistral and her cousins and it has turned into so much more.
It's been a blast!