The word just came down from the commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound that we have approval to use textile rigging in place of stainless steel on S/V MON TIKI. Dux is stronger, lighter, more inspect-able, more fabricate-able, and non-corrosive. But it’s new, and this is first time Dux has been approved for use on a USCG certificated sailing vessel, adding to MON TIKI’s growing list of technical and material innovations and regulatory firsts.
More soon on innovation and regulation. For now I’m going to have a beer!