Week 33: She Floats!

Gypsy has been launched. The blessed event has happened and we survived. Wednesday was filled with excitement, anxiety, waiting, and last minute tasks.

Gypsy is ready to be off loaded from the trailer.
Gypsy is ready to be off loaded from the trailer.

We met the truck carrying Gypsy at Danish Marine at 9:00 am. While preparations for launch got under way we got the mast ready. The mast was rigged and wrapped for transport. We unwrapped it and started to put the radar, VHF radio antenna on and the wind instrument. And this was when we discovered that we had installed the wind instrument cable upside down.  Pull all the wiring out of the mast, cut all those cable ties, flip the wire, rebundle it all with new cable ties, and pull it back up the mast.  It’s not as neat as the original job, but it will do, and the job did go much more quickly with four of us working on it (and now Tom has at least one good story about us).  Next attached were the spreaders to the mast and shrouds. About now the yard decided that there was not enough water to launch. Consulting the tide charts showed that we would have to wait until about 5:00 pm. This did give us plenty of time for those last minute changes to the mast.

Gypsy is waiting for the river to rise.
Gypsy is waiting for the river to rise.

On the days leading up to the launch all the last minute things were done. The engine was started for a test run, the mast had the rigging attached, the boom got lashed to the deck. All that was left was the waiting.

The mast is padded and wrapped to get it ready for the truck.
The mast is padded and wrapped to get it ready for the truck.

About 4:00 things started to happen.

Gypsy got picked up by the travel lift.
Gypsy got picked up by the travel lift.

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Lowering down.
Lowering down.
Stepping the mast. This involves stuffing the wires down through the deck and then attaching the rigging wires to hold the mast up.
Stepping the mast. This involves stuffing the wires down through the deck and then attaching the rigging wires to hold the mast up.

We cast off from Danish about 5:30 and arrived at RCYC at 6:15.

It is good to be home.
It is good to be home.

 

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8 thoughts on “Week 33: She Floats!”

  1. Woo hoo! I can’t imagine how happy you all are to have Gypsy back in the water. What a glorious boat she is!
    Congratulations on the completion of this amazing project. She’s beautiful!!

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  2. Congratulations. What a day for RCYC: Gypsy comes home and Velic departs. We look forward to seeing Gypsy up north in the Salish Sea.

    We will be seeing Velic and crew in Astoria today.

    Joy & Jerry

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  3. I’m downright excited, proud, and shouting for you! Congratulations on a job well done! Love and hugs. She’s a real beauty and all yours!

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