Launching – April 2012

When your sailing boat meets the sea, you become connected to all the ports and harbours of the world.

The big moment had arrived. The two hulls rolled out of the build shed and were lifted onto a truck for a short road trip to Simonstown. Because of Dan’s volunteer work with Sea Rescue, he was generously offered the use of the Naval workshops at Simonstown to assemble Luckyfish, step the masts, apply some antifouling and complete the myriad of small jobs that only someone (and their partner!) who has finished a yacht knows too well. In April, the weather cleared and Luckyfish slid down the ramp and got her first taste of the Atlantic Ocean.

There is a common saying among boatbuilders that your 30-foot boat looks like a 40-footer in the shed but only 20-feet on the water. I guess that depends on the size of the shed!

More discussion from Dan follows:

When you spend any time in a marina waiting for a window, simplicity all makes a lot of sense. You have nothing in your bilges to fix. No gearboxes on the dock. No stripped impellers, no parts being delivered. The tyranny of complicated systems.

During my time with Luckyfish it was a wash down with a very cold beer in one hand and a hose in the other hand.

Don’t spend time in marinas as everyone has morning coffee around you. I chatted to many boat owners, from french 52 Alu yachts, Oyster owners and fisherman to Wednesday night carbon heroes . They all became friends and enjoyed the tour.

Everyone concurred. Anchorages need more of these boats. One sailing instructor who owned a Farr 42, walked the dock with his new students discussing yacht systems. He quietly said he would give them extra points if they liked Luckyfish and what she represented.

“Everyone concurred. Anchorages need more of these boats”.

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