She Swims!

Backing away from the travel lift slip

We’ve achieved launch, ladies and gentlemen.  A few more photos to document the day:

Making the turn

Heading out to test the new smooth bottom

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:

This is the view from the back door of our house

Home-slipped again

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.

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2 comments
  1. Jan Sopoci said:

    ^5!!!!! Congrats!!!

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