|Gabrielle at soft launch, RHKYC, 7th January 2014|
UPDATE (17 Jan): At Koko's request I wrote an article on the build, for the February issue of the Club magazine, Ahoy! Published 28th January. Article on page 22).Well, we finally got around to popping Gabrielle* in the water -- I'm calling it a "soft launch" -- after some months of dawdling, Christmas, New Year and all that. And trying to work out a small issue with getting the boom on -- having to try to find a new gooseneck, so far unsuccessfully, as the second-hand booms and masts (ex Lasers) which were supposed to be at our Club's Middle Island boatyard seem to have been cleared out. So now we -- as in Noel and the Boatyard -- will manufacture one. [UPDATE, 7 March]: boom now fitted; sails and boat cover being made next week]
*[Gabrielle is Xena's sidekick in the cult classic series "Xena, Warrior Princess"]Some photos from yesterday, at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Causeway Bay:
|Sam, our neighbour in Discovery Bay. We bumped into each other on the|
ferry over to town and he decided to come along to the soft launch.
Here he is next to our "other boat", the lovely Xena, in fine condition
thanks to Noel's ministrations after a day out on the water last Sunday.
|The 50-tonne crane finds this little lift a doddle....|
Note nice new paint job, thanks to Noel. Sanding.... sanding....sanding...
|.... and gently into the water.|
|Here I am next to her. That lean is just bobbing...!|
|Noel and Ah Luk from the Boatyard.|
On the original of this photo, you can make out the waterline (DWL) marked on the rudder,
sitting just above the waterline, which means she's riding a touch high in the water.
But that's what I would expect, as I made her -- not entirely deliberately --
a touch beamier than in the plans (don't ask...).
|A pretty sight from behind. But she does gain beauty|
with contemplation from a distance. I wouldn't want
a proper boat-builder to have too close a look!
(Should we paint on the transom: "Our other boat
is an X-yacht"? [kidding...])
|Lying straight, by the pontoon at the Royal HK Yacht Club|