The mast has been re-glued, fitted to the boat and seems solid. The sail has been fitted and all the rigging hardware has been installed. The sail sets up nicely – I wish I had grabbed a picture.
On Monday, I brought both a notarized letter describing the boat’s construction and a pile of receipts to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, which directed me to the New Jersey State Police. Apparently, the NJMVC would not issue a hull number until the NJ State Police inspected the vessel and agreed that it was indeed a home-built boat.
Yesterday, I towed the boat to the State Police Marine Station on Lake Hopatcong. The aged trailer actually worked pretty well. Once there, the officers agreed that it is in fact a boat suited for New Jersey waters and issued the necessary papers. An hour and $72 later, the MVC issued a hull number, title and registration.
We’re ready to launch as soon as I paint the registration numbers on the boat.