I spent most of today at Fishing Bay Yacht Club putting the new boat together. After 4 hours and 3 trips to West Marine and I had it all tricked out like I wanted and ready to sail.
What really surprised me when I was sailing was how much stiffer the mast seemed. I haven’t sailed many boats and am pretty used to the feel of the old boat. I’m guessing after 17 years the old mast has been flexed so many times it’s lost a bit of stiffness. Couple the stiffer mast with control lines that are just a little thinner than I’m used to and I really felt like a wimp trying to crank everything in. I’m sure it’ll loosen up a bit as I get used to it. The other difference was the all Holt-Allen fittings which were just a little different than the Harken ones I’m used to. I’m not sure yet which I prefer, but I’m sure I’ll be able to tell in time.