Once again there was more wind than expected almost right out of the gate, and I had no reef points in the sail. The good news is the ballast proved itself. Bad news is we were so overpowered that we essentially lost directional control. Reefing moved to the top of the priority list.
And the second reef point. Testing will show where this is needed.
Last and most certainly least sail. Be interesting to find out if i can get to windward with this at all, not to mention just how much wind i can stand up to with it.
The other thing I'm going to get done is a Paradox style steering rope around the inside of the cabin. Last 2 times i've had help in the boat working the till while I was hoisting sail. I won't have that most of the time, so the ability to helm the boat while standing at the mast will be necessary. The other thing I've found is that even with the bulk of the ballast forward, my 200lbs and the outboard make her trim a bit bow up If I'm back in easy reach of the tiller. Fine for downwind work, but I'll want to scoot forward when heading upwind to avoid lee helm and help get the full chine in the water. A tiller extension could work, but wouldn't help in the hoisting process.