Pulled the boat out of the garage today. It rests on custom bunks. Many small details to resolve, but the boat could see water in a week or so.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been busy painting and fitting out, without a lot of pictures or blog entries to show for it. But the boat is almost ready to go. The hull has been painted with 3 coats of Rustoleum Marine Nay Blue, the decks and spars with 3 coats of Cream. Here’s an update on what else has be done:
The boat is almost ready to launch. Remaining steps: add trailer bunks, install a hatch hold-down system; Trial fit sails to spars and spars to boat, haul it to the State Police to receive a Hull Identification Number, take the number to the Motor Vehicle Commission to register the boat.
I recently took a day off and kayak-camped with my friend, Chris, at Round Valley Reservoir.
The outbound trip was the first one ever with camp gear in the boat, about 60 pounds. Initially, the boat misbehaved – redistributing the cargo resulted in a rock-solid ride to our campground 2-1/2 miles away. The next morning was beautiful – we lapped the eastern half of the lake, surfing downwind on the return to camp. Later, we returned to the car in Force 4+ headwinds with decks awash in whitecaps, a good ride.
The camping was just what was needed, 30 hours of perfect peace, good conversation and good camp food. Although located in western New Jersey, the boat-only access to the campsite made it seem like a peaceful wilderness trip. Here’s some pix: