This is probably too much for one post but I'll do it anyway and see what comes back...
I have the MKII kit and it has been sitting in my garage since november. Now I think I finally have a plan to get the LBC (little British car) out of the way and I can start building. I previously built a 17LT and this will go onto it. For reference, my goal is to sail to and from Catalina Island from CA coast (26-30 miles), so I'd consider this open water sailing and winds can be strong and seas can be rough. After that, who knows?
1. The epoxy and hardener (everything in the kit for that matter) has been subject to freezing temps. Is this a bad thing? The heater is on and off but a lot of the time it is off.
2. The mast appears to be 15 feet from the CLC specs. I am a bit worried about not being able to reef the CLC sail. I would really like to know if others have suggestions on other products for the mast/sail that provide reefing capablitlies? Or are there other options if I use the CLC sail?
3. I have a rudder system. I used the "Smart Track System". I am worried that it might not handle the stress of the sail rig. Is this a valid concern? If so, has anyone got suggestions or experience in switching out the rudder system without completely removing the entire system? In other words can I use the pre-installed peddals and wire controls with maybe the end-pieces of the Feathercraft (K2)?
4. I see online that securing the akas to the boat involves several loops of rope through the eye bolts. Has anyone used a different approach? I am thinking that I'd like to simplify that attachment process and ensure the forces are evenly balanced (ie, my knot tieing is suspect).
If you have some suggestions for these questions and perhaps if you can offer your own "discoveries" about this kit, I am sure it would be helpful.
Thank you for your time! I am excited to finally get moving forward on this build.