First, I’m SO happy to hear that you’ve finished the boat! I didn’t want to pester you by asking again. I’m looking forward to your follow up posts. It’s remarkably gratifying to splash after all that work.
Second, I also would love a set of the files (if possible) and I totally understand and respect you checking with the author first. I would also like to clarify if we get the plans from the website or the book or both. Please advise.
Third, I’m a rigger at West Marine, so if you need any help at all with splicing, etc. let me know and I’ll see what I can do. I have written up several sets of step-by-step instructions with photos for various splices. For example, on my gunter-sloop rig, it’s recommended that you use a Dyneema cored line for the main halyard since it has to be pretty tight to get that yard all the way up and snug. I plan on using MLX, stripping the core, so that it’s only 3/16" up high going through the sheave and yard, but 3/8" down where you cleat it. This is much easier on the hands. The key is knowing where to bury the cover into the core and you can’t really know that until you’ve raised the mast and are setting the main. You want the bury to be above the cleat.
Anyway, I’m sewing my sails so I can raise my mast. I may set my jib flying (using the luff of the sail in place of the forestay) instead of an actual forestay and halyard setup, but we’ll see. The boat itself is getting close. Some more fancy filleting on the interior, then flip and finish the bottom with some graphite epoxy and paint.