AUGUST 2, 2016
Well, after a 2 1/2 year rehab, we did it. Adagio is back in the water. As I have noted on these pages she was put on the hard somewhere around 2000, so she has been dry for over 15 years.
|On the truck|
My wife Jan launched the ship by doing the ceremonial honors (which is her prerogative of course).
|On our way|
The boatyard is a tidal estuary. At low water, there is none. So, when you draw five feet, you want all the water you can get. Tuesday came courtesy of a 10+ foot tide and was perfect.
|Resting comfortably dockside|
I stayed on board Tuesday night tied to the dock where I had shore power and a sump pump that can move a tennis ball through 30' of garden hose if I needed it. But I didn't. By midnight, she had stopped visibly leaking.
At launch, the pump cycled every 2 minutes for about 20 seconds. As I write this two days later, the pump is now cycling every 20-25 minutes for about 5 seconds. So don't let anyone tell you that cedar doesn't swell.
There are still a gajillion things to do and adjustments to make, but that will always be the case.
For right now, I am just enjoying the moment.