See the original Jouët Caprice rigging instructions at

The oak rail that you see in the above photo is the unfinished rail for the sliding door. That's tomorrow's job.

I ran all of the rigging down the mast by pulling it through to the pulleys at the bottom. The only real surprise (and an unhappy one) was that when I rotated the internal pulleys at base of the Marco Polo mast, they touched, and so it was not possible for them to go in as-is. I needed to get out the grinder and Dremel and remove some bits.

Putting the mast head back on only took about 10 minutes:

marco polo mast

Here you can see the halyards coming out of the base of the mast. All these lines will run to the roof and will be able to be handled directly from the cockpit. And again, this is just the absolute minimal amount needed to sail her:

marco polo mast

Then, Serge, the president of the ASM Voile yacht club and owner of Neo Visuel made the name for Lil' Mule II. I chose a Helvetica font using the legal dimensions for sailing at sea for a boat this size in France:

Neo Visuel

Her name was put on the transom, and above it will go the ASM Voile yacht club logo sticker. You'll see that around the anchor plate for the outboard that it is a bit messy - yeah, I know, I have not gotten around to cleaning that off just yet:


The "SB" that you see is where Lil' Mule II is registered (the port of Saint-Briac), and required for sailboats with more than 2 ton displacement.

finally, I adjusted my spreaders and got the shrouds tightened. Here is a photo of the famous screw that caused the accident with Nightwatch:


This little plastic screw could possibly come loose and cause the demasting of the sailboat, so I will see if I can't come up with a redundancy option for the spreaders as a safety precaution.