To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

Stitching Failures

Red Ranger's Yankee and Stays'l date from 1981—the Reagan administration.

We took them to Baxter Sailmakers for a consult.

The news is not good. Mr. Baxter said that he could patch them; but after putting $$$ into the sails they'd only be worth $$$. We'd be patching them annually until they failed catastrophically.

The alternative is to put \(,\)$$ (over 4× the repair estimate) into a new pair of headsails. Custom-built for Red Ranger. Good for another 30 years of sailing.

This is the "stitch in time that saves nine." That just-in-the-nick-of-time stitch doesn't come cheaply. But new sails are a huge confidence-builder.

Suddenly, all the other jobs (Fridge, Stove, Radar Reflectors) are academic.

Sails trump everything else.