There will be a small denaming ceremony on the evening of the 19 th. The launch will be on June 20 th around noon. Special christening and renaming ceremonies will follow. There is a Pig roast and potluck afterward.
Sorry about the delay in posting progress on the boat this year but we have been very busy working on it. First we raised the helm area 16" and removed much of the curb around the outside helm. It made for a much larger more user friendly outside deck. It also removed the head knocking ability in the aft cabin. Then we sanblasted the entire top deck and just finished priming it. The glass is also installed in the pilot house. We still will be launching on June 20 th. We hope to have the top deck faired and painted. The masts will not be stepped untill it is in the water.
We are really busy trying to get her in the water. I am throwing some quick pictures of the work done lately. We raised the helm outside 16 inches and removed most of the cockpit curb. It is very user friendly and the inside of the rear cabin seems enormous. We are also preparing the hull sides for the installation of the new ports..
After 9 months of research and negotiating she was ours. We began by spending 2 weekends cleaning her out. 20 large bags and 2 trailer loads later we had her empty. Our first task was to make it livable so we had a place to stay while we worked. We now stay aboard and have a guest state room. The boat is on the shore of Potagannissing Bay on Drummond Island. The view off the stern is absolutely beautiful. The marina it is in is Drummond Island Yacht Haven www.diyachthaven.com . This place is amazing. We were immediately adopted as if we were here for years. The local church is a 10 min walk where we are affectionately known as the boat people.
Big News: The head is off the engine and the cylinders look great. We were able to free up the engine and clean the cylinders and they look fine. We will be reinstalling the head and starting the engine as soon as we can get weather. It may not be till early spring but we do not have to rebuild the engine.
I bought a bow thruster. It is an American Bow Thruster that I got used. I was told it was an 8 " thruster but when it arrived it had 8" props and every thing else was for a 10" thruster. I am accually pleased because the 8" specifications were at the low end of my needs. I am discussing my needs with folks at A.B.T. and they seem to be helpful. Laura and I have dicided to raise the cockpit 16" to add head room in the aft cabin and improve forward visibility. What's a little more work now. We also picked out our port lights at Annapolis. New Found Metals has very nice cast stainless ports for half the cost of other quotes. www.newfoundmetals.com We have several projects to work on over the winter but will miss the boat not going so often.
IT FLOATS We had a great launching party. The ceremony was well received by all. The blessing was performed by Rev. Scott Danforth and the christening officiated by Scott Hess with many appropriate toasts. Many there said they had never seen anything like this, us either. We plan to have her ready to sail by early August.
We have her sailing. We have had her out sailing twice. The first time was in 3 knts. We mostly bobbed around but did make 2 knts under sail. The next time we sailed we installed the staysail for the first time. We made 7.2 knts in 10.knts of wind and made it to the St. Mary's channel and back. There was a minor mishap. I leaned into a loose window and it broke. There was minor cuts and the boat has been christened with the first blood under sail. We may take an overnight trip this weekend to Mackinac Island if the weather cooperates.