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The incredible 3 hour, 2 day shake down sail to island and back. No rhyming, I promise. The good: saw a pod of gray whales including a youngster intent on displaying flukes, pecs, and broaching playfully...Hand steering with tiller is fun while motoring, as long as you don't mind the occasional directional missteps...Sheet to tiller steering needs mods... The good 2: reefing is painless and quick with reef hook and halyard winch at mast. And the main sail now almost reaches the black line at mast top. And the boom now clears top of dodger, giving some space below boom for kicker use. the Good 3: Solar panels work perfectly keeping batteries topped off. the good 4: easy to launch dinghy over the rail single handed, with top lift or spin halyard as winches are close to where dinghy inflate zone is The BAD: 35 kts in Windy Lane, forecast was half that. Green water over bow cuz this IOR boat floats bow heavy with 150 ft of chain. Since i removed weight from aft of the boat, she sits more bow low than before. The bad 2: pressure water circuit breaker tripped. Hmmm.... The strange: Carbon monoxide warning kept going off, with engine having been long secured. the SWMBO noticed it happened while she was charging her cell phone? Once the detectors batteries removed, it was quiet. The Ugly: sea water under engine. No leaks detected at operating temperature. WTFO? engine sat for five months, perhaps the raw water pump impeller fell apart, and the the pump weep hole is weeping? Yanmar 3GM50. The Ugly 2: windlass clutch would not engage. Got anchor up using newly placed winches on mast. thankfully had chain hooks and some thick line to take up the all chain rode in 15 foot increments. a good work out, sure. but this got me thinking... (see below) The Ugly 3: Rudder post has lots of play. The yard did this job, so they'll hafta fix. Is this what owning a boat is all aboot? The more work i do, the more things are breaking! The high priority list is becoming longer and longer, just like the daze leading into prime boating season. i HAD wanted to get things 'dialed in'. perhaps this is a pipe dream. And that pipe is seeming filled with a corrosive galvanic sludge, as it were. The problem: electric project 100 lofrans windlass: only likes all chain rode. any shackles, links or nylon splices will not go through gypsy. The solution: mount one of 2 #40 non self tailing winches on foredeck. use the other as a spare. No $ spent save having a stainless mount added. use original spring door mounted hawse pipe. use 35 ft. of 3/8 chain and the nylon ride for most of anchoring to be done in Channel Islands store 5/16 HT 150 ft of chain. upon start of voyage to tropics, store onboard in sump. use bow shackles to attach additional chain to existing when needed for coral anchoring. Single handed anchoring can now be practiced without running engine (since windlass requires more amps to light up a small town) Thoughts and ideas well appreciated! (splash is shy gray whale in background)