And so, after a year and a half of construction I can proudly say I am the owner, builder, sailor, captain of a Michael Storer designed GIS:
She is not yet named as this outing was only a "sea trial" so-to-speak. There are still many details that must be completed before I can call her finished. And there was some damage suffered a week prior to this momentous occasion that I'll post separately on. Once I spend the time this winter knocking out the last 10-15%, I'll formally introduce her to Neptune with all the pomp and ceremony I can force others to endure. Only then will her name be revealed to you mere mortals. So don't ask.
The float test occurred during a busy weekend at the family cabin when the menfolk tend to the fleet for the winter. As a result, we had only enough time to splash her, tow her into the windiest part of the lake, confirm that she has no leaks and that all functional systems function systematically. Then it was back on the trailer for the haul home. But in all honesty, it was a glorious day and I was on cloud nine...
|She rode upside-down for the long haul|
|Yours truly letting out a victorious shout|
|Under the bridge that was the inspirational obstacle|
|Stepping the mast on the water, floating free|
|Windage caused the raising sail to push the captain|
|Fiddling with stuff before actually sailing|
|Actually sailing the thing|
|Grinning so hard it hurts|
I will post more about the construction that progressed during my blog boycott and I will certainly chronicle the official launch and whatever watery misadventures I may find myself in. Stay tuned!
|The men of the fleet|
[Editorial note: this post is being written and published LONG after the actual splashing but I've adjusted the date to match the event. I may or may not "back-date" future construction posts; I haven't decided yet]