Launch and prep

Ariel splashed Thursday, June 4, after a couple of busy days cleaning, polishing, waxing, painting, and taking care of other pre-launch items. The boys pitched in in a big way this year – working diligently and carefully – scrubbing and cleaning decks, and painting most of the bottom by themselves.

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It wasn’t all work, however. We managed to include the REALLY important to-do’s like enjoying our time together…

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And relaxing after an exhausting day’s work…



And then it was launch day!


A few items that I took care of before Ariel went in: service all of the seacocks, replace the shaft stuffing, and polish and wax the hull. And my does she get her shine on when the hull is polished and waxed:


4 Responses to Launch and prep

  1. Rick Bailey says:

    She looks great! Ready for another season on the water. Looks like you’ve got a great crew too!

    • David says:

      Thanks, Rick. Yep, she’s nearly ready. I have the rig tuned and everything prepped. Just have to get the sails on. The new rigging necessitates slightly shorter pendant lengths for my staysail and jib. I have to get those made up before I can bend on the sails.

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