We’ve achieved launch, ladies and gentlemen. A few more photos to document the day:
As I had hoped, hull speed was easily achieved at full throttle, and I maintained 5.9 – 6.0 knots at 3k rpm on smooth water. That’s about as good as can be expected for this fat Watkins hull form, and I’m very pleased. Plus, the new ablative paint should be easier to clean in the water with a long-handled brush from the dinghy.
A couple more photos in her home slip:
Lots more little things to do before she’s cruise ready, but at least she’s 50 yards away from my tools and resources now. I was also pleased that my reorganization of lockers has resulted in a nearly even trim, port and starboard.