Spring launch is a bit stressful, polishing & painting the hull, servicing the engine, wrangling batteries, cold weather and launch coordination. Of course this year I was racing to finish the bimini and get the solar panels installed.
All that work and fades away once the boat splashes into the water, the engine fires up and I’ve got a boat again, not just a big expensive liability.
Here are a few photos from out first trip out with friends to Centre Island Centerville and then to catch the Victoria Day Fireworks on the water.
The boat is moored at that angle as it’s sitting on the bottom, the boat behind me has the depth I need.
The toilet to holding tank hoses on Tortuga, I assume, are original and the source of our stinking shame. We developed a big odour problem by the end of season and eradicaton of odour was a priority job for 2014 launch. I picked up a new Jabsco pump unit on sale at the end of last season as the entire unit was cheaper then a gasket rebuild kit and I could see that the flimsy plastic pump was distorting, so I wasn’t convinced freshgaskets would stop the spurts of water when pumping. Although not a source of odor, water spraying out of your toilet isn’t exactly the experience I’m after.
I contemplated using PVC tubing instead of replacement hose as it is much cheaper and will never smell, but the complete lack of access to the hose run made me I realized that while I might (no, it’s impossible) get a pipe in, there would be no way to secure the pipe from banging around. Securing PVC in marine installations is key as flexing and movement will lead to cracked joints and leaks. Hose it is. Trident, the industry standard is guaranteed for 10 years, in fresh water I should be able to get 15-20 years – who knows if I’ll have the boat then?! I’ve gleaned what I can from forums and Peggy Hall and bought some holding tank treatment (Happy Campers) to keep the vent air fresh. Final task is to back flush the vent to ensue proper airflow to the tank.
Aida, my Tanzer 7.5, is my first keel boat, so I wasn’t really sure how the launch from a crane would go down. It was easier and faster then I imagined – what I didn’t imagine was 40k winds gusting to 60k. Rain, snow, sunshine, sleet and everything in between. After I cooked bacon in the rain for a couple of hours while the crane put the docks in the crane driver thought we should get to the boats asap, I just had time for a quick sampling of my handiwork as the crane headed over to launch the boats. It was decided that we should postpone until Sunday morning – 7am.
I spent the evening in Brantford, so I had an early drive, no traffic – so the highway photo is the sunrise over Hamilton. I arrived at 7:30 expecting to be the last of the second row of boats to go in – instead I was the first of the second row, I had just attached my lines and fenders when Martin yelled ” you’re next. You ready?” I hopped out and we attached the slings off it went, and into the drink. Thanks to everyone that helped out. It was smooth and painless. The ride over to the lake was fairly uneventful – there was the first big wave that caught me off guard and threw everything across the cabin! After a couple of hours the wind really picked up and the snow/rain started – a few boats were still making it into the APSC lagoon and it was a nasty time on the water. The ice had only cleared a week ago so it was pretty cold getting my hands wet on the lines and moorings – other than that – it was a productive soggy weekend.