DrV wrote:Boom vang I have no idea how to install.
You need a bail (semi-circular loop) at the bottom of the mast, mounted to the mast so it rotates with the mast, and another on the bottom of the boom, about twice as far out as the distance from the boom attachment on the mast to the bail at the bottom of the mast. Mount the fiddle blocks with the jamb cleat at the top so it's easy to reach from the cockpit. I use a snap shackle at the boom so I can unhook the vang when removing the boom for trailering quickly, leaving the vang on the deck, but another snap shackle would allow you to remove it completely in seconds for storage below (out of the weather). BWY has inexpensive, non-rotating snap shackles, which is all you need for this.
The kit should have come with the bails and thru bolts to mount them.
DrV wrote:Same question about the cover for the feed hole in mast (I have slugs/sliders now), I have NO IDEA how to install it.
Someone with that style mast will have to advise you on that, but I would think whomever sold it to you would be able to email the instructions.
You mentioned a while back that you need some sort of 'jack' to make the halyard aft kit work. You're referring to Lazy Jacks, which is just a simple network of small lines to the mast that keep the main sail from falling off the side of the boom when the cover (and sail ties, if used) are removed. They make life easier, but it's more stuff to deal with when rigging for travel and sailing. The battens also tend to get stuck under them when raising the main.
I don't have lazy jacks on this boat (I did on other boats), and probably won't add them, even though my halyard is led aft. The trick, at least for raising the main, is to have sail ties that you can reach from the cockpit, and from below the boom in the companionway, so they can be removed with one hand just prior to raising the main. The main will spill all over the place when they're removed, but it only takes seconds to pull the sail ties and raise the main, and you should have cleared the area around you before starting it, so blocked visibility wouldn't be a problem.
Lowering the main from the cockpit is a little more messy (this is where Lazy Jacks are really handy), but the boat is so small that just a couple of sail ties can clean it up quickly. Snug the main sheet against the topping lift so the boom is locked in the center position, then climb up there and slap a sail tie or two around the main. If it's rough out there, hang onto the boom (that's why you want it snugged) so you don't fall off.