|On her way back to the ocean|
|Shiny new rudder housing|
|Ready to begin the descent|
The rudder only took about 30 minutes and then we let the paint dry for another 30 minutes before heading off. The launch went great with no real excitement - we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day. With Chris and Joyce from s/v Saltrun on board, we headed out for our first ever sea-trial. After Chris got us out of the launching area and headed out to sea, everybody from s/v Catchin' Rays took turns at the helm and getting a feel for the boat. The winds were calm and the sun was bright - just a spectacular day to launch - timing is everything.
|Chris and Joyce arrive to help us with the sea-trial & docking|
|Tami getting some guidance from Chris|
|Here I am doing my Captain Ron impression|
|Justin acting like its another day at the office|
|Brandon drives the boat like his Chrysler Crossfire|
After a couple of hours, we headed back to port and our new home in the marina. Justin had the helm and Chris had his back. Although everything went well, docking a 17,000 lb. boat is a little trickier than expected - you can't man-handle them very well. We settled into our new home and tried to get everything back in order.
|The motley Crew|
The first problem on the new list of repairs are that both mixing elbows on each engine leak due to a small hole although the starboard is much worse than the port (new stainless steel ones are already on order.) The second problem is the circulation pump on the a/c system leaks at a broken fitting - easy repair, but part two of this issue is that we can't figure out how to even power up the system. The only other hiccup was that our boat kept tripping the floating dock's breaker - they say that the floating dock has a very sensitive GFI, and for some reason our boat kept tripping it. So we had to move to another spot by ourselves - thankfully, it was a straight shot to our new location because we had to do it by ourselves.
|Sittin' at the dock of the bay|