I decided to replace the mast with a traditional spar using Tides Marine Strong Track sail slides and a Dutchman Sail Flaking system. I purchased a fully battened mainsail from Rolly Tasker Sails. Mike Meer, of Port Annapolis Rigging, managed to get a new spar built and shipped from Florida in a few weeks. We were able to use the existing standing rigging. The boom had to be fitted for the new reefing lines and two new rope clutches installed on the cabin top. Terry Clarence of Rolly Tasker Sails sewed sail slugs in my old rolling furling main so I could sail while waiting for my new sail. My decision to go with a traditional rig greatly added to the cost and time of the project. Was it worth it? Next season, I may know the answer.
Sea Tango finally gets to sail on the Chesapeake Bay in August.