What we'll call it a soft launch

posted Jan 24, 2018, 11:12 AM by A Rice   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 6:10 AM ]
The stars aligned. Floats and beams attached, nets loosely laced. A weekend with sun and unusual warmth for January. My brother Toby in town and anxious to help.

While family and friends following the build of my F22 expect to be there for a launch ceremony, I decided that since I'd never launched a boat off a trailer, never tried starting the engine, etc., I would take it one step at time and have the official event after I knew the basic wrinkles were worked out and the sails fit.

So many little details to be checked off, but late in the afternoon she slid into the water, unfolded her wings and put 1.5 hours of the prescribed 10 hour break in on the engine (started second pull!) for a cruise down the Lake Washington Ship Canal and a circle around north Lake Union. The crews learning, but the boat seems a natural.

The next day I raised the mast and backed her into a new home at the mast-up dry storage at Shilshole. A great weekend!

- Andrew