We have a boat in the water, Baby!
06 April 2014 | Lake Rathbun
Gene/8-10 knot winds
This entry is a little different than the previous entries, due to the fact that it covers two weeks of prep work, worry, and relief.
Two weeks ago…
It is the beginning of the sailing/boating season. April 1st is fast approaching for the first available launch day at the Buckcreek Marina where Clair de Lune will be slipped for the duration of the season. We received an invitation from the Rathbun Yacht Club to attend their spring cleaning. Karl and Barbie, our neighbors and sailing mentors, have decided to ride down with us and asked if we would make a few stops along the way. Namely to stop by check on the his Buick Skylark that he is having restored back to its original state, just like when his dad owned it and Karl was a young boy. After seeing that the Buick is well on its way to its original condition and some lite yard work/house work (I always get tasked to clean the ceiling fans for some reasons), Amy and I were voted in as the newest members of the RYC. Then we made our way back home.
Two days ago…
Well, the boat is planned to launch on April 5th and the “To Do List” is mounting. Thankfully Mother Nature has decided to grant us on of the warmest days so far this year. It was 70+ degrees but windy as hell. We decided to stock the boat and wash/wax the hull. Due to the wind Amy gave me an unexpected shower in the front yard. The hull was really looking good and with an assortment of sails, supplies, and fishing gear we were ready. Truth be told we both were getting nervous and a little scared that the boat would not start seeing that the motor is almost as old as I am or not even float. Karl and Howe keep saying, “don’t worry, it’s just a boat”. This does not make me feel better. Hope all goes well.
Today is Splash Day!
Splash Day is here (splashing is taking the boat off the hard “land based” and putting into the water). We woke early to a nice layer of frost on everything. We have called Howe with PT storage and boat yard to assist us with the boat launch and the raising of the mast. By the way, if you ever are at Lake Rathbun, look up Howe and the PT storage crew. Good guys who are always willing to give people advice and possibly a have a beer with you if it’s after 10 am. We arrived at the lake and purchased a can of “Sea Foam”-a tune up in a can- and put a new 5 gallons of gas into the fuel tank. Thankfully choosing to launch the boat earlier than the other members of the yacht club came with unexpected benefits, like less traffic providing extra time needed to learn the boat. The boat fired up after some of Howe’s extensive know how and we were on our way to the mast raising station up the creek from the marina. Amy and I have never been more relieved to have everything falling into place. The mast was raised and we were in the slip within an hour. Truly having Howe and his team there to help was well worth the money. We did some basic straightening up, raised the main sail, and attached the boom. We were very happy to have the worry of launching done and over. We are able to laugh about the drop in our stress level after a successful boat launch, but we had to hurry home for the next great task, prom for my youngest step daughter Hannah.