View Full Version : LAUNCHED!!!!

06-09-2004, 09:25 PM
after 4 years we are finally afloat and i must say that our schooner is drop dead gorgeous!! (biased of course)!!!!
cant't stay here long as i have just ducked back to do washing, pick up gear and check my email etc and say hello to my cat!
i will post photos and a story of the launching here within a week or two. in any case, the launching went well...all up it took about 4 hours and nothing went wrong. not even any rain (Innisfail is a very wet place). the boat has attracted a lot of attention especially so as it was a public launching. we are busy now rigging etc and 'packing' up our old home.
we are so happy to be living the life of sailors again!!!!
bernadette and david

capt jake
06-09-2004, 09:28 PM
YAEHHH!! Congratulations!! You must be very excited!!??

i will post photos and a story of the launching here within a week or two. Talk about a teaser! ;) smile.gif

06-09-2004, 09:37 PM
Congratulations! I'll look forward to the pics & words.

06-09-2004, 09:41 PM
and i must say that our schooner is drop dead gorgeous!! (biased of course)!!!!
it ain't being biased if it's true! congradulations, looking forward to seeing some photos.

John B
06-09-2004, 09:41 PM
Congratulations to you both/ all. can't wait to see the pics!

06-09-2004, 09:42 PM
Great news! Hurry up and get us pics and more news. smile.gif

Dave Fleming
06-09-2004, 09:58 PM
Hail to DECATUR!

The very very best with Calm Seas, Warm Voyages, Sweet Times,SWIMAPAL and I, wish to you.

edited to reflect now knowing the name.

[ 06-10-2004, 12:38 PM: Message edited by: Dave Fleming ]

06-09-2004, 10:00 PM
:D :D :cool: smile.gif :D ;) !!!!!!

06-09-2004, 10:00 PM
Hearty contratulations, but no flattery until there are pictures! ;)

Wild Wassa
06-09-2004, 10:08 PM
Congratulations, Bernadette and David. Fair winds.


Mike Field
06-10-2004, 03:17 AM
I hate to sound smug guys :D but I've seen some preview photos, and Bernadette's comment is indeed accurate -- Decatur's beautiful.

06-10-2004, 03:21 AM
Congratulations!!! smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif Fair winds , pefect reaches and I'm looking forward to seeing her, in the wood !

06-10-2004, 04:02 AM

May you have a beautiful day of sailing for each drop of blood, sweat & tears invested.

Regards -
Dave & Margo

Wild Dingo
06-10-2004, 04:13 AM
Yeeeeeeeeeeeeflaminha!! You little bottler!! come on where the pics Bernie???!!!! COME ON!! talk about suspended suspense!

And bias be damned girl thats one drop dead gorgeous wee yachty thingy youve created be proud be confident and say it!! DECATUR IS GORGEOUS! :cool:

Fair winds to all conserned :cool:

06-10-2004, 05:10 AM

06-10-2004, 05:45 AM
My very best CONGRATULATIONS! There ain't no better feeling with such a project than when the bottom gets wet and the top stays dry.......
Fair Winds...

garland reese
06-10-2004, 05:48 AM
A hearty Congrats! to you, Bernadette and David, from this landlocked Okie. May your days aboard be wonderful and turn into years of the finestkind.....can't wait to see those pictures! If you ever sail to the US, just come on up the Mississippi, into the Arkansas, and stop off at the Port of Muskogee.........I will meet you there :D :D :D

[ 06-10-2004, 06:49 AM: Message edited by: garland reese ]

06-10-2004, 05:59 AM
Wonderful!! Congratulations and fair winds. I cant wait to see the pics.

ken mcclure
06-10-2004, 07:16 AM
I love smile messages. This is a smile message. I'm smiling.

Congratulations! I wish you and Decatur all the best!

06-10-2004, 07:18 AM
"Sail on, nor fear to breast the sea
Our hearts, our hopes, are all with thee,
Our hearts, our hopes, our prayers, our tears,
Our faith triumphant o'er our fears,
Are all with thee,--are all with thee!"

May she have fair winds and a following sea.

06-10-2004, 08:00 AM
Congrats! May she live up to your every expectation!

Bob Perkins
06-10-2004, 08:39 AM
Yay!! and Whoo Hoooo!!!


Dave Williams
06-10-2004, 10:51 AM
Good on ya folks! I am very, very happy for you. This does make me smile!

To kindness,

06-10-2004, 11:03 AM

I thrilled. Vicariously, of course. A proud moment indeed.

Best wishes.

MAGIC's Craig
06-10-2004, 11:11 AM
Our schooner, MAGIC, sends a warm "Welcome!!" and "Well Done!!" to DECATUR, the newest schooner in the world. smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif

Craig and Vicky Johnsen

Tar Devil
06-10-2004, 11:12 AM
Great news! Hurry up with the photos!!



Wayne Jeffers
06-10-2004, 11:23 AM
Wonderful! Looking forward to the launch photos!


06-10-2004, 12:06 PM
What they all have said!! :D :D :D and another CONGRATULTIONS from me!! Looking forward the pictures. smile.gif

[ 06-10-2004, 01:07 PM: Message edited by: nedL ]

06-10-2004, 12:24 PM
Fair winds, Following seas...

..and a full beer locker!

Thank you for helping keep the flame alive, and good luck in all things. May Poseidon give you safe passage on all of his waters.


06-10-2004, 02:54 PM


06-10-2004, 05:47 PM
Congratulations, Bernadette and David.

Look forward to seeing her sail on Moreton Bay


06-10-2004, 05:54 PM
Congratulations! will we see her in NZ on your cruise? smile.gif

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
06-10-2004, 10:22 PM
Wonderful News. :cool:

Dave R
06-11-2004, 08:32 AM
Congratulations. When will you be sailing up the Mississippi? We'll come to meet you. :D

Ken Hutchins
06-11-2004, 08:42 AM
Wonderful, smile.gif I'm jealous. :(

J. Dillon
06-11-2004, 08:44 AM
Congratulations!! Many happy sailing days ahead . :D


Matt J.
06-11-2004, 08:49 AM
Can't wait for pictures. :cool:

06-11-2004, 09:13 AM

The natural home of a boat like that is Sydney Harbour. Get it down here!

Congratulations BTW.


06-11-2004, 09:50 PM
Yahoo good for you guys cant wait to see pics. smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif smile.gif Phil

06-12-2004, 08:00 PM
:cool: Fair winds.

06-13-2004, 07:48 PM
A hearty welcome from two old-timers, ARIEL and QUICKSTEP, to DECATUR. May she have fair winds and following seas, and never drag her anchor.
All the best, Clint.

06-14-2004, 07:51 AM
Fantastic! Congratulations, and best of luck!


06-19-2004, 03:30 AM
hello everyone, thanks for the wonderfully nice things you have all said!!! i will endeavour to post photos ASAP, but life is kind of busy right now with getting the schooner sea worthy and up to Cairns. we are off out the river tomorrow as the tides are dropping and we will get out over the bar while we can and head south to Mourilyan as it is an all weather and tide entrance. hopefully we will then head north towards cairns on tuesday. my access to the internet will be limited from now on but i will get those launching photos posted very soon...i hope you can all be patient!!!!!!
bernadette and david now on board DECATUR! smile.gif

Wild Dingo
06-19-2004, 05:44 AM
Patient my bum girly!! :eek: :D Im gonna go nuts if one of you to flamin Aussie legends dont stop take a breath and whack some happy snaps up on this here board!!! by gar! tongue.gif

ah well I guess after 4 years abuildin and now shes sittin so sweetly in the water postin pics is about the last thing on your minds eh?... get her to Cairns and then go for broke with the pics we can wait... an hour or so I guess maybe 2 ;)

06-19-2004, 08:49 AM
That is great.

I will be in Cairns on Monday afternoon for a week.

I will keep a weather eye out.


Paul Scheuer
06-19-2004, 09:05 AM
This thread points to the need for an official Forum photographer. How 'bout it Shane ? It can't be that far.

I also notice that most of the above comments are from members with low numbers. For anyone who missed the earlier posts, here's what the fuss is all about.