View Full Version : Fourth of July Launch Poll

Joe (SoCal)
06-21-2006, 08:55 AM
What do you guys say 4th of JULY Launch ?





John Bell
06-21-2006, 09:00 AM
Do a quiet "builder's launch" prior to the "real" launch. Just to work out any bugs, you know. Then do it up good for the 4th with bunting, a marching band, and important dignitaries and politicians kissing babies and the like.

06-21-2006, 09:01 AM
Sure ya will. "Launch" just means getting her wet, no?

... got the drain plug? Got a spare?

06-21-2006, 09:05 AM
Yes, but you might want to air up those trailer tires a little bit

06-21-2006, 09:08 AM
I say yes, and what a great day to do it. I have faith in you Joe:D

Joe (SoCal)
06-21-2006, 09:09 AM
Sure ya will. "Launch" just means getting her wet, no?

... got the drain plug? Got a spare?

No drain plug, she was built without one. I was toying with the idea of putting one in. The tires were made flat so she would not roll in the barn and I could climb in and out easy. They inflate fine and we are going to dump the trailer after launch. We have a NEW duel axle trailer for Tidbit and Dove will get Tidbit's old trailer.

06-21-2006, 09:14 AM
I voted yes, because I have faith.


Disclaimer: I have no idea how much work is left

Joe (SoCal)
06-21-2006, 09:24 AM
List of To Do's that still need to be completed before launch.

Bronze side mounted need to be placed at the very least so we can use her as a launch before rigging. We are going to use the 2-hp 4 stroke Honda we had on the Skiff to power her.


If I can get her all rigged that would be wonderful. Cause she looks totally different rigged.

OK but all the interior wood work needs to be completed, thwarts and side seats. But hey they can wait too all I really need is the center thwart that acts as the mizzen partner ;)

I still have a bunch of bronze that needs to be polished. The spars need another coat of varnish and one boom needs to be sanded and varnished. The rub-rail needs to be bedded and final screwed into place. The bronze bow rail needs to be attached.

A few bungs below water line need some thickened epoxy.

Sails need to be delivered, and set. That would make the whole boat look sweet, and actually useable. Man I cant wait to see her on her lines. YIKES I hope I did the water line correctly.

So much to do and so little time. :eek: :eek:

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
06-21-2006, 09:46 AM
Does your mate Phil know a polishing shop? (one than does non-ferrous).
'Cos what loots like a huge pile of bronze to you will look like a morning's work to an expert mop driver.

06-21-2006, 10:18 AM
You probably know this but that's an aft deck mounted bronze bracket... not side mounted.

Joe (SoCal)
06-21-2006, 10:24 AM
You probably know this but that's an aft deck mounted bronze bracket... not side mounted.

What would be the problem with mounting it on the side ?

06-21-2006, 01:09 PM
I think there would be quite a twisting moment on the deck mounted base bracket and the thrust of the motor will be sideways to the designed strength and angles of the bracket. You may also find that you are limited to where you can mount it on the side deck without having the motor leg too deep into or too high out of the water. You'll figure it though!

06-21-2006, 01:16 PM
Hey Joe, I might be in the market for a fixer-upper trailer for Gavin's boat. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge, say no more...


Russ Manheimer
06-21-2006, 02:03 PM

Any plans for a little pre-launch swelling? How long since she was last in the water? You may need the pumps you used on Tidbit


06-22-2006, 07:11 AM
I say "No". Yer gonna pull to the end of yer driveway, take one look at the line of idiots crawling by in their SUV's full of whinning brats with icecream smearing their faces (and windows), red faced shouting fathers, and pinch lipped mothers with one hand on their forehead, and the other clutching the valium bottle, and put her in reverse until the weekend is over. OR..... You'll launch earlier.

Joe (SoCal)
06-22-2006, 09:20 AM
Et tu Phil ? Et tu ? :(

No, There is still way too much work to do. Phil Heffernan

06-22-2006, 09:27 AM
Just funning with ya Joe. She'll do great. Happy sailing.


06-22-2006, 11:11 AM
Ya know, Phil probably has more insight on what is left to be done than I do, so while I hope you have a fourth launch I might be tempted to believe Phil.