During the countdown to launch Kimberly and Bruce of the catamaran “lost marbles” (ex “nice’n easy”) were the full time support crew. Besides keeping me sane (bigger task than you’d think) and feeding me delicious, healthy food, they walked me through the last technical and mechanical details Drummer needed to be in the water and leave the boatyard under her own power. Bruce insists that working on this engine is “fun”, and the more time I spend with it, the more I’m tempted to agree.
STEPPING THE MASTS:
Special thanks to Kimberly, for taking Most of the photos on launch day.
Travis Dowhen who built the Drummer, and Marie Crispen who built the junk-rigged Gazelle Quetico came down to the yard to help me move her to Travis’s dock in Turkey Creek, where I have been staying and working. he has been very patient with me, my mess, my early morning power-tool noises, my trailor and my guests. having the use of his shore power and his shade tree have been an absolute blessing and the quiet canal he lives on has all the birds and reptiles that redeem florida.
HELP FROM FRIENDS, PUTTING UP THE RIG:
C and N came down from Maine at the end of schooner season up there and have been hanging out sharing there skills and helping get the rig up and ready so we can get out of here and go sailing.
THE DINGHY EPIC:
For whatever reason, this “free dinghy” has taken nearly three years and the efforts of more than 6 people to launch. By December, The dinghy was the only thing we still needed to finish in order to leave the dock and land life for good. with all of us working on her we finally got her