Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cruising on Plover -- May 2013

They say that the definition of cruising is working on your boat in exotic locations. I'm not sure who "they" are but the definition holds true as we are working on a myriad of details that must be completed before we can leave Clear Lake for our first destination, Ingleside, Texas.

We left Hillman's Shipyard on Saturday, May 4, 2013, and headed to the home of our friends, Karen and Tony Townsend, who have a slip on a canal behind their house and had offered to let us use it for a few days while we got things squared away on the boat.

Gordo took this picture from the top of the mast. It's definitely a view of our boat that we won't usually get to see.

Hanging a pirate from the yard arms -- actually, that's Gordo Barcomb working on some splicing and changing out some blocks.


Monday, May 6, 2013

The Plover Project -- Life in the Boat Yard (Part 9)

Launch Day !!

On Saturday, May 4, 2013, Plover began a new chapter in her life and we began a new chapter in ours.

John Goodman, Gordo Barcomb, Chantel Barcomb, and my parents, Jerry and Margaret Jourdan were in attendance.

The following pictures show the sequence of events from transporting her to Hillman's Shipyard to her first moments on the water.

As we left Hillman's, Gordo said, "From this point on, you're cruising!"

Leaving the boatyard:

On the road:

Chantel Barcomb was there to photograph the event:

Arrived safely at Hillman's Shipyard:

 Gordo Barcomb helped with rigging:
My parents, Jerry and Margaret Jourdan, were there for the big event.
 Into the sling:



Backing out of sling:
Heading to Clear Lake. I'm not sure what Major is thinking but I believe it has something to do with "Oh man, here we go again."