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NormMessinger
08-08-2001, 11:45 PM
Gentlemen, it was pictures at ten, not launch at ten. And saddly the satalite picture was of the biggest lake in the state out west. I launched in a not-to-muddy midwest not-really-a-slough. Anyway....

One for the boat and those who dwell below:

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1229514&a=13609775&p=52720799&Sequence=0

and one that I and Prairie Islander that all who come aboard have fair winds and calm waters:

http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1229514&a=13609775&p=52720806&Sequence=0

More at: http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=1229514&a=13609775

Son Lynn and wife, both granddaughters, two grandneighbors and three mates who took off work to be there helped Phyllis and Me celebrate. Yes we are moderatly euphoric. Thanks to everyone for your interest and support. Now if I can catch on to handing the sails a bit more shippily, don't hit the dock so hard, and get Phyllis to relax a bit....

--Norm

Wayne Jeffers
08-09-2001, 12:05 AM
Norm,

Truly beautiful boat! Beautiful family, too.

You should certainly be proud. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

All the best,

Wayne

Ed Harrow
08-09-2001, 12:15 AM
Bravo! Now all you need is a cannon salute... http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif

dasboat
08-09-2001, 12:42 AM
Thanks Norm.Thats quite a crew you have there.You must be proud.
Great to see families together like that.
Dasboat

John B
08-09-2001, 01:10 AM
Only moderately euphoric?

Fantastic.great to see.How neat for you Norm.

Mike Field
08-09-2001, 01:50 AM
Fantastic, Norm. Heartiest congratulations. Just don't forget that anchor warp over the starboard quarter, and everything'll be fine.

Jeff Robinson
08-09-2001, 02:54 AM
You're a marvel Norm. Your boat cuts a fine figure too. Thanks.

JR

doorstop
08-09-2001, 03:16 AM
Magnificent Mr. Messinger....Oh and the boat too! I am definitely leaning toward the stickyup thing when I get started, I thought I would never say THAT but you're certainly inducing a list to that side...
Good Luck to you and the crew, may your winds be fair, your reaches long and your gybes gentle. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

John R Smith
08-09-2001, 04:14 AM
Norm

seems we have been following the story of Prairie Islander ever since I can remember. And it has always been one of the very best themes on the Forum, because somehow we all seem to have been involved in the building of your beautiful boat. To me that's what the WoodenBoat Forum is all about, and why I wanted to be part of it in my own amateur way.

Now, here we are, launch day at last. And my emotions are mixed. On the one hand, good on you Norm, absolutely bloody brilliant, you must be proud as hell - and she looks terrific. But on the other hand, a tinge of sadness that this saga is over and I will no longer be able to follow your progress all those thousands of miles away in Nebraska. "By a man's works shall ye know him" - I feel somehow that I have got to know you through your building of this fine craft. We of the misty Celtic west wish you many happy hours sailing in her http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

John

Dave R
08-09-2001, 07:01 AM
Great Norm! I've been waiting to see pictures of your launch. It's most beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

NormMessinger
08-09-2001, 07:51 AM
John, Phyllis says to tell yo the saga is not over. We still have to learn to sail the damn thing. And, there is still much finish work to do here and there.

Keep the powder dry, Ed. Who knows where the Ford will take us.

Pictures are so easy to share (once one learns how and has the equipment) and I enjoy other's so much I'm pleased to know yaall enjoy mine. Sheesh, I'm even starting to like the attention. Another flaw in my personality revealed.

Keep it up. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/wink.gif

--Norm

G. Schollmeier
08-09-2001, 08:03 AM
Well done Norm, all here are happy for you! http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/biggrin.gif

mmd
08-09-2001, 08:23 AM
Congratulations, Norm.

norske
08-09-2001, 08:49 AM
Amazing how a boat that looks good on land looks TERRIFIC on water! http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif Do you get much wind in Nebraska in July/August?

HAPPY SAILING!! GOOD SHOW! STRAIGHT AWAY
YOUNG CHAP. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

Norm, don't refer to her as a "dam thing"
while in hearing distance of the boat, the dam things have ears---and she may turn around and make your sailing trips miserable.

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J. Dillon
08-09-2001, 08:51 AM
Congratulations and fair winds Norm.

Looking foward to hearing of your sailing adventures.

JD

Jeff Kelety
08-09-2001, 09:19 AM
Wow, Norm. You launched with sails a'fluttering? Cool.

You know the best part - the two little ones sticking out of the hatch. Think about it. An eighteen-year-old high school senior still needs a hall-pass to go to the bathroom. But a ten-year-old could sail the Atlantic. So here's one for for the spirit of independence! So good that you included them in the celebration.

All the best to you, Norm. It doesn't get any better than that. And how about a couple of shots of the interior? Those of us with a Martha Stuart bent are always left wanting with no interior shots <g>.

jgk

kpenokie
08-09-2001, 09:26 AM
Fair winds skipper. May you learn almost all the "lessons while learning to sail" the easy way. The rest will provide entertainment for us and many a tall tale for you.

A fine job and a finer crew.

Nora Lee
08-09-2001, 09:36 AM
Norm,

The Best to the Skipper and all who sail with him. Remember that you alone, know her intimately, she will teach you how to sail her, by the seat of your pants.

We are all enjoying Ed's saga and weekly updates...of the rebirth of Phoenix. Why not you begin to log the adventures of your fine craft and it's crew.

You have a blank log book fill it with memories, and fill it with all that you experience, good and bad, as you learn the "fine art of going nowhere fast, at great expense"

May the wind be at your back, may the seas gently rock you to sleep and may the stars shine down from above!

Enjoy and SHARE!

Fair Winds, following seas,

Nora Lee

PS: There are some Ladies following this forum also!

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Scott Rosen
08-09-2001, 09:39 AM
Way to go Norm! You're boat's beautiful and you are an inspiration.

Don Olney
08-09-2001, 10:01 AM
Congratulations Norm!

Thanks for the pictures. I really got a kick out of photo # "22 of 35". That's the coolest boarding technique I've ever seen. You get the bow line taut, then tightrope your way from the dock to the boat! I want to try that this weekend. I think on first try, I'll use the boathook for balance.

Rich VanValkenburg
08-09-2001, 10:17 AM
Beautiful job, Norm! It feels a whole lot better sitting on a boat in the water than it does in the building shed, doesn't it?

Did you ever figure out what that wayward hole was for? How did you handle it once you found it?

Tom Dugan
08-09-2001, 10:23 AM
Well done, Norm! Congratulations. We wish you joy on your new command. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/smile.gif

Now onward to the next great adventure! Did you by any chance get an opportunity to raise that big white piece of cloth in the middle of the boat?

-T
Who thinks that Phyllis will start relaxing when you stop hitting the dock so hard!

ken mcclure
08-09-2001, 10:47 AM
Whew! What everyone else said. I am truly impressed! May all your Prarie Islander times be happy ones.

TomRobb
08-09-2001, 11:03 AM
God bless P.I. and all who sail in her.
Congratulations, Norm.

htom
08-09-2001, 12:26 PM
Wonderful, Norm. The second chapter ends, and the third begins.

Jamie Hascall
08-09-2001, 12:28 PM
Well done Norm. Congrats to both you and Phyllis.

Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

Jamie

Andrew
08-09-2001, 12:50 PM
All of the above and a lot of envy. Way to go Norm!

Concordia41
08-09-2001, 12:53 PM
Congratulations! May she bring you and your family and friends the joy you've brought us - and keep the pictures coming...

Dale Harvey
08-09-2001, 06:16 PM
Anyone who can build something that pretty won't have much trouble learning to sail her. Just pay close attention to what she tells you. Never leave the dock without: a knife on your belt, a jug of good water, several rolls of dry toilet paper, a warm waterproof jacket, sunblock and bug repellant, and telling someone who cares where you are going. The rest is easy.

NormMessinger
08-09-2001, 09:03 PM
Well, now, Don. Isn't that how all rats get aboard?

Dale, you advice a always spot on and appreciated. The pendent on the jib halyard is way to long as you noticed elsewhere. Thank you.

Ah, yes. The wayward hole. Guilty as charged. It was a screw hole intended for the cleat that ended up an inch lower on the trunk. Now the puzzle is, there seems to have been more water in the bilge that that little hole can account for. Lynn and I will take it out tomorrow for some quite reflection.

Norske, I was quoting my wife. Surely she is immune from retribution.

I hope.

So, Nora. Great words. Where were you when we broke out the sparkling grape juice?

Etc.

Thanks all.

--Norm

casem
08-10-2001, 12:53 PM
Wow. You go away from the forum for a couple of weeks and Norm Messinger launches his boat. Congratulations.

Lima Bean
08-10-2001, 01:27 PM
I'd of written sooner, but I've been nursin' a nasty sunburn from sitting out there waiting to see Norm's boat on 'that' lake.
http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/cool.gif

I was so pleased to see the wonderful pics of the launch. It is truely a site to behold, I'm afraid that you are the one that be holdin' it, and we will be havin' to work on our own. My hat is off to you Norm. http://media5.hypernet.com/~dick/ubb/wink.gif

Alan D. Hyde
08-10-2001, 03:34 PM
Norm-------

Congratulations. Well done.

May you and yours have many happy days sailing her.

Alan

Paul Frederiksen
08-11-2001, 11:23 PM
You done real fine Norm, I salute you. It is great to have the neighbors cheering you on.