Launch Day, June 21, 2012

Moving aboard was quite the task, but we finally had all of our belongings stowed away after a late night at the boatyard (and thanks to Kathy for helping to pack, move, and clean during her visit to Whittier Meadows). On the eve of our launch, Brian prepped the deck by securing kayaks, diesel tanks, the boom, etc. and setting dock lines and bumpers. Exhausted, dirty, and hungry we left the boatyard prepared for the day ahead.

At 9:15am we arrived at the boatyard on a very HOT first day of summer. We received well wishes from fellow boater, Richard, who anticipates his launch next week. Boatyard staff had to dodge some bees that had nestled in the jack stands, but sting-free they loaded Rode Trip onto the trailer.

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At the boat ramp Rode Trip’s mast was raised via crane and all the rigging was attached. Rode Trip towered over the power boats and jet skis that were launching for a day of fishing and riding.


Rode Trip was eased into the water. We noticed she was lower on her lines, meaning sitting lower in the water due to added weight. But we still have empty spaces! The rode, anchor chain, will .need to be redistributed so that it lies lower in the bilge to disperse some weight from the bow.

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We cast off from the dock with perfect timing to motor under the Newburyport US 1 Bridge at the 11:30am opening.

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We picked up a mooring on the first try; not too shabby after a long winter break. We put up the boom and Brian adjusted the rigging. We checked in with the harbor master to pay our fees for the night. The launch was a success! We headed back to Amesbury where we hoped to sell our cars (in progress) and tidy Whittier Meadows.