That could be the motto of the cruising sailor. Even when you think you have everything perfect, one more look around for problems never hurts. In that spirit, I was going over the boat again today, and found this unfortunate problem on our mainsail foil. The metal part that is cracked is the rotating part that furls our mainsail inside the mast.
It looks like a pretty easy fix–once we get to Fort Lauderdale and can access a machine shop, but in the meantime, we’ll be sailing without our mainsail.
Now, contrary to the name, on this boat the “main” sail is not the most important sail in making the boat go. For us, that would be the genoa in the front of the boat. Not having access to the mainsail will slow us down a bit in light winds, but won’t make that big a difference most of the time.
Things still look OK for our departure tomorrow morning. We might have some time to sit and wait through some calm winds, but nothing difficult or scary is forecast.