04 December 2010
Today is the day that I get to test the new boat out and approve the repairs.
I finished the last few items on the trailer late last night, reflective tape, paint and lights etc... I got up early and hauled the empty trailer to the marina ariving at noon. The marina had the mast rigged and the boat was already on a yard trailer. We went over the repairs that had been made and inspected the rigging. Unfortunately the rigging was incomplete, the boom was still off and there was no running rigging or sails. The company that was repairing the sails decided they couldnt do it so...the marina threw in a brand new mainsail and several other sails!
After a late lunch we towed it down to Crabtree cove and backed it down the ramp. The wind was blowing about 40mph, it was 34 degrees, the fuel was several years old, etc... Although we were all willing to risk it, I reluctantly decided that we wouldnt go out because conditions were so bad. It was late in the day and we didnt have any sails with us in case the engine quit, not to mention I knew we couldnt get lined up to come back in. It was blowing so hard, there were whitecaps on the lake. We backed it far enough to test the throuh hulls, engine and transmission though. The engine is remarkable, it has had no attention for years and started right up and the transmision worked perfect as well. We messed around with everything briefly but it was so cold and windy we called it a day early and hauled it back to the marina and loaded it on our rebuilt trailer. With any luck it should be delivered before xmas.