|Rob teaching Jim the ropes|
|Rob and Jim ready to tackle the rigging|
Luckily for us, Hotspur has had no rigging problems - but we want to keep it that way. Upon speaking with Dennis on Evergreen, we learned that Sea Tek in La Cruz does an excellent job of inspecting rigging. And Dennis is picky (just ask Josh), so we feel good about his recommendation. We called Sea Tek employee Rob on Katrina Leona and scheduled a date.
"Your rigging is dead," Rob told us.
My heart sank and I heard the ching-ching of money flying out the portholes in $100 dollar bills.
"No, no!," Rob interrupted. "Your rigging is in decent condition. It just needs cleaning and maintenance. The reason I say your rigging is dead is because it's totally out of tune." It was true. Our rigging was sagging. We weren't getting the most out of our sailing.
|Rusted bolt securing chain plate|
Rob returned this morning and tuned the rigging. He says that there will be noticeable difference in how our Tartan sails. Rob also suggested that our autopilot will handle much better. This is awesome news because our autopilot has been a bit loopy. She'll go for hours at the correct heading and then suddenly she yaws to port or starboard 45* before correcting herself. And usually it is an over-correction. We're sailing large "S"'s in the water and not sailing, but snaking our way to our destination. This is obnoxious more than anything, especially when we have the sail out, but when we have an oncoming vessel in front of us it can be dangerous. Jim had the autopilot on his TDL (to do list). We're keeping fingers crossed that tuning the rigging solves the problem!