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    It is wonderful what you have done to her Jim! I admire your craftsmanship and your knowledge. You just kept on going at a steady pace and now she's ready ! Wish you plenty of good things for launching day today and many happy returns!!!
    fair winds, Dody

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    Thanks for bringing us along on the journey, Jim. Here’s to a successful launch and many years of happy cruising!



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    as all have said "great job'. I hope that after a successful launch that you will continue to bless us with more tales of your final fitting out.

    jim

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    Thanks for all the well wishes everyone!

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    Happy 4th!
    -Jim

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    ^^^ Now that's just cruel. C'mon - where's the rest of the photos!?

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    It is a bit of a tease, isn’t it?
    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    A bit. Yes.

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    That's a bit of an under statement!
    Don't underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers!

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    a huge tease :P

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    So at 6:30 this morning I woke up and decided I needed to change the steering ram. This wasn’t originally on the list but the one that was on there was leaking just a bit too much. I had a spare, the original one, which I decided was in better shape. Once that was hooked up it was a mad dash rounding up fenders, boat hook, life jackets, another ten gallons of fuel, etc. At 9:30 the boat mover called, “Are you ready? He's headed your way.”

    I wasn’t ready, I was nervous as hell. But he showed up anyway.

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    He he showed up promptly at ten and had the boat on the trailer in about ten minutes. Then it was off to the boat yard.

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    Ten minutes later it was in the slings. That was when I found out the after ten really meant 2:30 ish.

    So I spent a few hours going over the bottom, filling seams that had opened up with seam compound and finishing them off with bottom paint. It was nice to have the boat high up and the more I went around the pickier I got.

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    Not long after I finished the bottom for the second time the Harbor Master showed up. Super nice guy! He was really pleased to see the boat going back in the water. He really didn’t want to crush her. Just about that time the guys in the boat yard decided they wanted to get a start on the holiday and the only way to do that was to get our boat in the water.

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    Down goes the elevator.

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    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Once we hit the water we hung in the slings for about twenty minutes, watching the water seeping in and debating whether or not that would be okay. The most worrying leak was where the stuffing box met the deadwood. It was merrily burbling out there and I wasn’t sure how that one was going to fix itself. But we ran the motor up and watched it for a bit. At the twenty minute mark the bilge pump switched on for the first time. That was when I decided it would be okay. Leaks or not the pump could keep up. Then we had to figure out whether or not the transmission would work and which direction was forward and aft. That sorted we managed to back out of the slings and head up the channel towards our slip.

    We have never had this boat in the water. What a joy it is to drive. It will just about turn in it’s own length.

    At any rate, we played about for a bit and then I managed to dock it without hitting anything. That was cool.

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    The leak i was worried about has pretty much stopped now and the pump is cycling about once an hour.

    Seems like a good result.
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    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Well done Jim.
    Best wishes to you and all your family.
    I once thought I was wrong, but I was wrong, I wasn't wrong.

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    Sounds like a great day Jim. Congratulations! And I hesitate to mention it - just a small point mind you - but there is a technical difficulty with the last post which means we still haven't actually seen a photo of her in the water....

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    Woohooo! Most excellent Jim. Do keep the thread updated with any jollies you take, its good to see the boat being used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstevens View Post
    Sounds like a great day Jim. Congratulations! And I hesitate to mention it - just a small point mind you - but there is a technical difficulty with the last post which means we still haven't actually seen a photo of her in the water....

    Should be fixed now Chris.
    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Beautiful.

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    Fantastic job Jim, so nice to see her back in the water.
    It's going to take an impressive accumulation of boaty stuff to bring her down onto her lines - would there have been a bit of ballast in the original design?

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    Maybe, I’m not really sure. I do think it needs a couple hundred pounds in the bow. When it was hanging in the slings it weighed in at 4500 pounds. Which it about 1200 pounds lighter than it was when we brought it home.
    -Jim

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    1934 27' Blanchard Cuiser ~ Amazon, Ex. Emalu
    19'6" Caledonia Yawl ~ Sparrow

    Getting into trouble one board at a time.

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    Launched, not sinking, responding well to helm and moving under her own power, those are great things! Have admired the project and the work (and worker, family support, etc.) from the start, beyond well done, carry on!
    Adventures await. Congratulations to you, Jim, and your family.

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    She looks beautiful afloat there Jim!!! You bloody beauty!!!

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    Fantastic Jim (and Family) Well done

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    Awesome Jim and all your Family (and Amazon of course!!!), she looks lovely, Congratulations!
    fair winds, Dody

    "They did not know it was impossible so they did it" - Mark Twain

    http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthre...h-Tonga/page12

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    "seems like a good result"!!!

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    Good job

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    Congratulations and please keep posting pictures, we all want to vicariously enjoy your boat.
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    Like they all said. Yay!
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    Outstanding!
    I gotta say Im a little choked up....

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    Just magical.

    Can't express how I was hanging out to see this.

    What a day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swoody126 View Post
    i don't have an adequate vocabulary to describe how much i have enjoyed this thread

    MANY THANKS, Jim



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    Quote Originally Posted by IanMilne View Post
    Congratulations, Jim. A wonderful job, and a very educational thread. Thank you! All the best for some great trips for you and your family.
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    Awesome Jim and all your Family (and Amazon of course!!!), she looks lovely, Congratulations!
    So fantastic! This is definitely one of the epic threads in WBForum history. Congratulations!

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    Congratulations to you and your family Jim, She looks great!

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    Boy am I glad I waited to check the thread until the launch photos were posted. That lonely pic of the empty shed was cruel & unusual punishment for anyone who checked it before the launch pics were up!!

    Wonderful to see she's doing well & I think she looks great. Balancing out the weight will come in time. Where do you think the 1200 lbs went?
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    After which the yeomen gave three cheers for the Queen and three more for her page, and drank toasts to them both, rising to their feet.

    Well Done!

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    Fantastic. And just in time to enjoy the midnight fireworks on the water.
    -Dave

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    Happy 4th of July! Thank you so much for sharing your progress with us. It's been indescribably fun watching the process on the boat and seeing the kids grow up and involve themselves in it as well Looking forward to seeing those pics of the boat in a snug anchorage and the kids playing on the rocks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garret View Post
    Boy am I glad I waited to check the thread until the launch photos were posted. That lonely pic of the empty shed was cruel & unusual punishment for anyone who checked it before the launch pics were up!!

    Wonderful to see she's doing well & I think she looks great. Balancing out the weight will come in time. Where do you think the 1200 lbs went?
    I, too escaped the Cruel and Unusual.

    Most excellent work, Jim.

    You are an inspiration!

    Garret's question about the weight is a poser.

    Any ideas?
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