I put her in the water for the first time the morning of Saturday, Feb 18 in New Bern North Carolina. I just paddled her and was impressed at how well the boat paddled. I never came close to nicking the wing. There was plenty of room for a full paddle stroke.
Then later in the day we drove on to Beaufort NC and tried launching her off my in-laws floating dock. I carried the parts down to the floating dock and assembled her there.
Then pushed her in.
Inserted the mast, paddled over to the nearest beach and ran the lines.
Didn’t rig the spinnaker yet. I’ll save that for the next time out.
The furling and unfurling worked OK but I think my unfurling line may be a bit too short. I may need to replace it with a new line a few additional feet long. [Correction. The unfurling line is fine as is.] The wind was very light that first day so I mainly paddled.
While paddling up and down Taylor Creek, I saw one idea for lifting small craft in and out of the water.
I may just put some rollers or something on the dock to help me get the hull down and back up from the floating dock.
As it turns out, I wasn’t the only thing in the water that weekend.
Then finally it was time to head on home.
One of our days in Beaufort was rained out but that didn’t deter the neighbor in the next house over (water-tribe’s LensCap). He just put on his cold-weather gear and went out for a paddle in the cold rain. He was also kind enough to give me some good advice for preparing for a watertribe event. I’ll need to start collecting my own gear so I can go out in less-than-fair weather as well. Hopefully the next time I’m back in Beaufort, I’ll be geared up and ready to tackle the elements.