Main sewed up with a scarlet touch

Mike and Stefan consulted on rig stresses, with our primary concern being catastrophic bamboo failure under the loads of the new main.  We decided it would be prudent to put basalt sock on the mast and the central section of the upper yard.  Stefan also recommended load testing some bamboo to observe how it fails (can you say splinter shrapnel?)…

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After sampling some coconut porter, we settled down cross-legged and sewed up a Polynesian polytarp sail of 13 m2.  Stefan and Mike dacron-taped the corners while I wrested with Pfaff tension (didn’t know about the bobin tension screw).  We took turns sewing the edges, putting in grommets, and emulating Mike’s artsy red corner stitching.

Before heading to bed, we pointed one of the 24′ bamboo poles (spars) into the night sky and wondered at the enormity of this sail we’re building.  It’s going to be a blast comparing this one to the little main that already sends Milagra scooting around at 3-4 m/s…

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