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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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Fishing…

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And relaxing after an exhausting day’s work…

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And then it was launch day!

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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:

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What we did last summer – Part I

So, let’s see…where to begin? It’s been a while. Last season started with this:

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That’s the water heater that used to reside in the starboard cockpit locker. Unfortunately, the batteries also reside in the same locker and we wanted to increase our house bank by two, so the eviction notice had been served. In all the years we’ve owned Ariel, we’ve never used the water heater’s AC system. And though we have enjoyed the engine-heat generated hot water for doing dishes, we figured we’d try living without it for a year to see if we missed it. (We didn’t).

It was nice to get the heater out of there and give the locker a bit of cleaning.

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That’s obviously before the cleaning.

So out with the heater and in with four Duracell EGC2 six-volt batteries and a Blue Seas Automatic Charging Relay with Starting Isolation.

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Once the ACR and batteries were in place, I came up with better placement and a way to secure them:

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The system more than met our summer cruise electrical needs. Additionally, we now have valuable fuse protection that was not part of the old battery bank.

Ariel splashed in early May (or was it late April?), and I finished up my end-of-year teaching responsibilities. Here’s a pre-launch glamor shot.

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And a pic of me at graduation with one of my students – ok, two pics 😉

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Then there were the little projects and details that took place once Ariel was in the water. Some of them more important than others:

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The boys (well, admittedly, I too) got hooked on fishing at the start of the season. And for good reason: they had some incredible luck!

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The boys’ luck was so good that I had to drop what I was doing aboard Ariel about every 15 minutes and scramble out of the cabin and up on the dock, then run in the direction of the excited yells of “Daddy! Daddy! I got another one!” More than once, I had just returned to the boat, picked up a tool when I’d hear another shriek of excitement. Really, though, I was just as excited as the boys (and I think they knew that). To save the battery on my phone, I eventually quit taking trophy pictures of their catch.

Somewhere along the way, I scraped the ablative bottom paint off of the Trinka 10 and covered it with VC17. Then it was off to the marina.

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And because I’m a child at heart, the first order of business was more work having some fun. I dumped the dinghy in the water and introduced my boys to rowing a little boat, one of the many cool things I got to do as a kid.

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That last picture is of me in my 7′ Fatty Knees sailing dinghy. I was about the same age as Jake!

And no rowing trip is complete without admiring your own yacht from the water.

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Looking back on it, we crammed in a lot of living and fun well before summer even started! Life is good!

Part II to follow (eventually).

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