Bolero Launch Day

Saturday was Bolero's Launch day. Our 1:30 appointment ended up being closer to 4:30 (sorry Tim) but eventually we got splashed. Part of our delay was other yard commitments and part of it was me wanting to climb the mast to install a temporary topping lift. The logistics of the boom vang and rigid vang were more complicated in person than I thought when I planned them so I want to think a bit before I started drilling holes. So twenty minutes later we had a topping lift and I got a terrific view of Fishermans Bay from 45 ft up (I tried not to look down).

The launch went like clockwork as it usually does with Mitch or travel lift operator. Having a trailer is nice for a number of reasons but it allows Mitch to take the boat to the lift and save a bit of time.

He just backs the trailer right where he wants it.

With my old Bluenose, I used to cringe when she was lifted. She just seemed so fragile and you couldn't get a good hold of her with the lift straps. The Shields are nice because the strap locations forward and aft of the keel line up with the water tight bulkheads. I like the extra support these provide for lifting.

Typically I get on the boat right as Mitch is lowering her into the water. For some reason I got an extra piggy back ride. It was the end of a couple of long days so was enjoying the relaxing ride. Mitch asked why I wasn't nervous but after three years of designing and planning this project it just seemed relaxing to be finally be sailing again.

One of my first surprises was how well Bolero sculled with the rudder. It was very easy to scull from the lift well to the dock in the calm wind and slack tide. She was also very maneuverable at slow speeds. I also thought of my Bluenose as a big small boat. My initial experience is that Bolero seems like a small big boat. Time will tell.

Our marina and boat launch is right on one of our main streets so of course a couple of friends stop when they saw Bolero along side the road. The review were very, very positive.

And a few more launch photos.

Everything when quite well. I did have a karmic moment as I was so proud that Bolero doesn't have any through hole that could leak so I didn't have to rush below during launch to check for leaks. Well it turns out I did have a leak, in the rudder tube. It wasn't much but I tighten the packing nut which all but eliminated it. I will take a look at repacking this during the winter.

And one final audio visual delight. Tim Lackey took some time off from his busy and successful boat restoration profession to dazzle us with, what I believe is, his first film production "An Afternoon in Lopez Island, WA". You can read more about its creation here.