and into the yard
dragged our heels a bit, trying to get everything perfect,
but finally it was time to put her in the water. We'd owned
her a couple of months already, and she was desperate to get
her rails wet... being high-and-dry in the storage-only yard
was weighing on all of us. Time to go sail!
we got the boat in the water...
our first New Owner Disaster struck.
very first - FIRST - time she was in the water.
combination of the boat bouncing on the trailer, and
listening to the Kook Former Owner (which would bite
us in the ass again, soon), led to the keel falling
out the bottom of the boat. Recovery was ugly.
damage was uglier still:
- MONTHS - in a repair yard who Shall Not Be Named, and finally
we got Bushwhacker back. Beaten, abused, scarred (gouges in
the deck, beautiful new hull paint rubbed through, teak trashed,
"repaired" keel painted with a glop of mismatched
crap off white (pro'ly house latex for the quality of work
they did). But, we got her back. Finally. We were ready to
to put her in the water...