first time she launched, it was a walk in the park. The second
time, she'd had a taste of being difficult... and the attention
it got her. So, she decided to be testy again. An hour or
so of trying to get her off the trailer led to shortened tempers
and tired crew. So we ramp launched her (a heart-stopping
adventure with failing brakes and a questionable transmission...
and a "never done it before" owner), motored up
to the hoist and it was time to try again.
most boats that lift out have a hardened point for attachment
to the crane. But not Bushwhacker! In yet another piece of
evidence that the former owner never sailed her, we had trouble
getting her lifted. But we're getting better at it.
writing a giant check, towing over the Grapevine and ramp
launching all took years off our lives... the most-grey-hair-creating
procedure was yet to come:
of course, don't relay the swingin', swayin', creakin' and
FINALLY!, we got her sailing. No prettier sight to see:
there was more cantankerousness to come...