So Monday evening we headed out and Mr WK sealed the teak. As we'd done all the prep work last year it only required to be lightly acetoned to remove surface dirt and then applied. While that was going on, no shaking or moving of the boat as that stuff stains the gelcoat should it drip and not get wiped up while still wet.
We were back out late Wednesday afternoon with the outboard (which Mr WK had run up Tuesday afternoon), the sails, fenders, dock line, and other various rigging items. We'd made arragnements with our neightobrs that we'd be out at the boat by 4pm and we had the truck bed in the driveway packed solid by 3:30.
Bubba happened to get off from work early, dove by, saw the packed truck and pulled into our driveway. After running a quick errand, he was ready. So we packed the cooler, gunned up and headed to the lake.
Mr WK and Bubba dealt with the outboard and battery, I loaded things into the cabin and tidied it up a bit and set out what they would need to rig the boom, bend on the mainsail and rig all the sailhandling gear. Tank showed up a bit later and he and I ran the lines for the rudder.
Finally, everything was ready. Safety lines were attached from the bow to trailer and another to hold the rudder blade up for the 1/8 mile trip from the storage yard to the water. The guys hooked the trailer to Tank's truck and I headed up to unlock the yard gates.
I followed them down the hill ....
and around the corner to the boat ramps.
All the safety lines were removed and I climbed on via the swim ladder. The boat was backed deep enough for the outboard to be started and Mr WK clambered aboard. He stated her up, I signaled for them to put the trailer in a little deeper and finally we were free from the trailer and floating!
Tank & Bubba parked the trailer and secured their vehicles and headed back down to the dock for the 2013 Inaugural Sail. The wind was fairly calm when we launched and it came up a bit. It was from the NE, which meant that we could set the spinnaker right off. Bubba and Tank had never been on Spray when we'd set the chute!
We put the mainsail up and then proceeded to rig for a spinnaker set. A bit of a bobble as the sail was being hoisted ... the sheet got twisted around the edge of the sail but it was quickly fixed and up she went.
As wool ties holding the sail closed popped and the the red, white and blue sail filled, Tank said, "'MERICA!"
We sailed across the lake and even managed to jybe it (eventually) so we could turn and keep sailing. We doused the spinnaker and sailed back across to the marina with the main and working jib. When we got close, we dropped the sails, started the outboard and headed for our slip.
We spent some time tying her up (always takes a long time the first time) and then headed out for a celebration dinner!
Since then we've been out twice more, but haven't set the spinnaker again!
blogging to: a quiet house
reading: Genesis of Shannara: Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks