Sunday, November 15, 2009

LAUNCH!

Maggie:
It was a beautiful day. Sunny, 70 degrees and dead calm, very unusal for November in Maryland. A good omen, said our friend Richard (seen here toasting Me Voy), especially since it was cold and dreary the week before, and warm but rainy ever since. Another good omen, was the surprising appearance of two of our boatyard friends Henry and Karen (also in the picture).We met them three years ago as we began working on Me Voy, but they bought a house and we have not seen them since, until, that is, this beautiful day, when out of the blue they appear just as Me Voy is ready to splash in. Their appearance coupled with Me Voy's smile, the bubbly champagne, and that gorgeous blue sky, made me burst with joy. But, I'm getting ahead of myself...



The day was filled with moments of intense action , unspeakable excitement, and unbearable waiting. For the most part we tried to stay out of the way and let the boatyard guys do their thing. There was some touch ups to be done as the jacks supporting our sweet Me Voy were taken away, and again later when she was put into straps at the travel lift.






The best moment was when she was gently lowered into the water and FLOATED all on her own. Travis was first aboard to check for leaks. He had a near heart attack as he noticed some water coming in around the depth sounder, but being the awesome Mr. Fix it that he is, he soon had that worked out, and came out from below with a big grin and two thumbs in the air. We are dry AND floating. Now it was time to toast!


So you'd think that would be enough excitemtent, right. But wait, seems like something is missing.


Yup there was still the mast to step. The riggers got a kick out of the peso that layed patiently waiting to be smothered by 60' of wood . That was one tradition I had to observe, after reading to what happens to people who don't put a coin under the mast. Bad, bad things happen to those people.


Everything again went beautifully. The calm conditions made the rigger's work a pleasure, and the mast was soon standing where it belonged. Now T and I hooked up the standing rigging, and there it was.
Check out Chopper's lizard tongue!


Funny enough as we were nearing the completion of the rig set up ,the weather began to turn. First wispy clouds, then dense clouds, and soon misty rain followed by what has now been five days of rain. I had to leave for B-more soon after the mast was up and have yet to spend a night aboard Me Voy as she (still!) floats in the water. T and Chopper have been staying on her, continuing to work on the rest of the rigging, getting her ready for our maiden sail. Did you hear THAT? For real, really absorb that for a moment...That's right, we (and some more experienced sailing friends) are sailing Me Voy to our marina in Baltimore. This storm system that has brough so much rain and wind, is passing us Sun. and on Tues the winds are favorable. That is when plan to depart Oxford and make the 100 nautical mile trip to Baltimore. ahjdhtoaplfnfhs!!!

10 comments:

Overboard said...

CONGRATULATIONS!
p.s love the new look of the blog.

Again, sincere good wishes for the launch of your pleasure vessel.

Travis and Maggie said...

THANK YOU!

jomamma said...

I'm so happy and proud of you two. Do you feel like you've given birth or something?

Travis and Maggie said...

I think it was propably just as painful, but really I have no point of reference. It does feel like giving a new life. I suppose another similarity to giving birth is that I'm so glad that hard part of it is over, and I'm really terrified and excited about what's to come. Sound familiar?

jomamma said...

A lot like giving birth, the floating part is the learning to walk stage, the sail to the new marina will be the growing up stage. But really it's a rebirth. It's still so exciting.

Travis and Maggie said...

You're right it is a rebirth! After all she has already made the trip across the pond, as she was first commissioned in Spain.

jomamma said...

Are you planning a trip to the 'birth site?' That would be fun.

Travis and Maggie said...

We have thought about it. We even have the name of the boat yard owner that the boat was made for, and though how great it would be to contact her and show her the new s/v Me Voy

jomamma said...

Mmmmm, I love this story. It gets better with each chapter.

Travis and Maggie said...

That's what I think too! Especially since the gruelling grunt work seems to be over, only to be replaced by more refined work, and even maybe, just maybe, pure FUN!