All the talk of Cuba travel restrictions easing has us thinking about a larger boat so we’ve been walking around the marina dreaming. Looking at an otherwise well found appearing craft, we saw this amazing arrangement of the aft upper and lower intermediate shroud arrangement. (If anyone’s stomach doesn’t twist into a knot looking at the picture, let me know and I’ll explain.) Fortunately, the boat has a “For Sale” sign on it so I don’t have to go through the conscience searching about whether I should say anything or leave a note for the owner. I’m sure the surveyor will spot it. Several times over the years, I’ve pointed things like this out and been rewarded with a Who the hell do you think you are, an expert? look. Now, I just keep my mouth shut. Expert? Maybe not but I have designed a number of sailing vessel rigs including these. I also did the indeterminate structural analysis of the rig for the sailing school vessel certification of the Rose aka Surprise in “Master and Commander”. That was a fun project since I could change the wind loadings and see how much a traditional square rig flexes and bends underway. What’s an expert? Someone who stays silent without a consulting contract, I guess.