View Full Version : Spring is here, time to launch the boat. (video)
05-14-2011, 06:44 PM
I was messing around and put together a little video of launching our Caledonia Yawl for the summer.
Hope you like it.
05-15-2011, 02:35 PM
I liked the sped-up part.
But I'm not understanding - is it just a matter of the tide rising and flooding that grassy area? And how did you get the boat there in the first place?
05-15-2011, 04:29 PM
It's almost that simple Bill, but to get to open water after the tide come up you have to go through a 16 foot diameter culvert that runs under the highway. With our CY it can be done in one tide. With my Dad's boat it takes two tides. A 19 foot tide to get it off it's cradle and into the pond on our side of the highway and then a 14 foot tide to get under the highway. All the good tides for getting off the ramp where the boat was in the video are in the middle of the night during the spring.
Sparrow in the pond, with the culvert in the background. The pond always has water in it.
My Dad's boat in the same spot as our CY was in the video, waiting for the next tide. You can see the tracks for the craddle.
Taking Sparrow out through the tube during the day. The hard part is getting a high enough tide to get off the beach at the bottom of the tracks. Once it's floating just about any high tide will get me through the tube.
Another picture of the culvert with the tide just high enough to get out.
As far as how the boat got there to begin with, last fall I beached the boat at the bottom of the ramp and pulled it up beside the boat house. I then rolled it over and it lived in the yard all winter. To get it back to launch position I just rolled it back over and used a couple of wooden rollers to get it down into position. I need a winch to pull it up, but I can make it go down pretty easy.
In this picture you can see the corner of the boat house where the tracks end. This is where and how our boat spent the winter. I the far background you can see the culvert.
In the video the night time part was coming off the beach and through the culvert to tie up at a close dock on the other side of the highway.
05-15-2011, 06:30 PM
Nice one Jim. I'll assume- after having viewed all your other stuff recently- that you also composed the accompanying music and played at least two of the instruments :D. I'm sure you multi talented folks were only put here to make the rest of us feel inadequate ;) Now some sailing video please mate! JayInOz
05-15-2011, 07:03 PM
Thanks Jay, and no the music isn't mine. My talents definitely do not lay in that direction. I've had two lovely sails since putting the boat in, one today and one yesterday, but no video just yet, I'm still getting reacquainted with the boat again after a winter off.
05-18-2011, 12:38 AM
We went out again on the boat this evening and managed a bit of video.
05-18-2011, 09:39 AM
Excellent! All secret passages should be traveled at night.
05-18-2011, 12:28 PM
Wow You have a great spot!
05-19-2011, 07:06 PM
Thanks Wizbang, Thorne.
We took this clip last year, going through tube in the day time.
05-25-2011, 01:18 AM
What the heck, one more evening sail. Just me this time.
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