I'm glad I decided to rig up the spars before launching. Turned out to be a few more issues (let's call them new challenges) than I thought there would be. The headstay is too short.....the knuckle head in charge of measuring (that would be me) should be keel hauled. The topping lifts are chafing against the lower shrouds and will have to be re-routed. And the radio frequency interference from the Orca LED tri-color is killing the VHF and AIS reception. Will address these and bend on the mains'l next week.
Sea Star is Bristol Channel Cutter Hull no 76 built by Sam L Morse Shipyard in 1987. On September 13th, 2008 Hurricane Ike hit Galveston Texas damaging many of the boats in the Galveston Yacht Basin. Because I had her grossly under insured the insurance company declared her a total loss, paid me the full insured value and gave me 30 days to buy the wreck or turn over the title. Having just retired I decided to restore her and bring her back with a traditional gaff rig as Lyle Hess originally drew her. This blog is meant to document the restoration and solicit constructive critisism from other BCC and traditional pilot cutter sailors and builders.