Jeff, Will and Larry,
Thanks for the input. I don’t know if you realize how much your expert opinions help. I’m a long way from a library, bookstore or hobby shop and this is my best source for experienced comment.
My intent is to build the boat to class standards. I don’t know if I’ll ever race, but I’m registered (635) and there is really no reason not to.
After checking out the rules, I can’t find anything restricting aftermarket hardware. As a matter of fact, it is specifically allowed:
.0 RIGGING - Standing rigging may use commercially available or home built fittings, fairleads, turnbuckles, screw eyes, bowsies, goosenecks, etc. The type of line or wire used for shrouds, etc. is not controlled. Reinforcements may be added under the deck at the chain-plates, backstay attachment points, sheet exit guides, and jib-stay attachment point.
Will, the bulb is “finished”, but after reading a little, the majority opinion is that it still needs to be sanded and filled to get rid of casting holes. The question I have is about weight. Is adding lead to the very bottom of the boat a good thing or am I just increasing the wet area?
Lastly, what-the-heck is a jib-stay and back-stay? I’m really trying to do my homework, but I can’t find anything that gives good definitions. Is there a place online to find this info and all the other sailing terms a non-sailor might be able to get smart?
But, enough. Thanks again for your advice. It is all taken and considered in my decisions and greatly appreciated.
“Mundo Nulla Fides”