November 30th, 2002


Signals from Captain Flint

I got this in the mail today from my yacht designer:

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The good news is that it looks like I'm finally going to have a design someday soon. The bad news, of course, is that I'm going to have to suspend construction until the whole job situation gets sorted out.

The shrouds are a mixed blessing: gaining 200 square feet of additional sail area is wonderful, and having the masts not fall down is also nice, but unstayed masts would have been much more convenient, especially around bridges, if we could have gotten away with them. On the gripping hand, this materially increases our chances of winning the Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race....

And it looks like we got everything we wanted, accomodations-wise, and a maximum draft of less than a fathom should help a lot. We'll have to see whether the auxiliary helm station inside the cabin works out or not, though.

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