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Launched our boat :) :) :)

We launched Pelican yesterday amidst much fanfare and celebration. Yes, that was us blowing on the noise makers at the Port Annapolis Marina. Did you hear it??

We brought an instructor out with us today for our first time out. It was blowing 8-12, so it was perfect for our first time out. We put in a reef and shook it out 2-3 times, flew the asymmetrical chute (UK Flasher with sock), practiced back and fill (360's), worked on managing her in reverse (ugh) and practiced pulling her into a slip.

We found lots of little issues and repairs that need to be taken care of (for example, for some inexplicable reason our 1st reefing line to tighten the leech is about 2 feet too short, and while there is an asym chute onboard, there didn't seem to be any fairleads to run the sheets back through, or attachment points for the snatch blocks I bought). We had her up to about 5-6kts in about 7-10kts of actual wind, so she actually sailed fairly well for a 22,000 lb boat. I was very impressed!

All in all, for a first time out it was an incredibly succesful trip. I'll be off to Fawcett's in the morning to pick up some more dock lines and parts, and then Port Supply/West in the afternoon to get some pieces and parts. Hopefully we'll be able to squeeze another few hours of sailing in there before we have to head back to upstate NY on Sunday!

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Congrats...I'm jealous...and what a beautiful boat!
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Congrats Labatt..

I wish my boat was in the water but it won't be for about three weeks.. UGH.
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We splashed our boat just south of Annapolis on Friday and cruised up the bay Saturday. It's a shame we didn't cross paths! It was cold out there, but I had a few friends that came along for the ride anyway.


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Congratulations on getting the boat launched and a first sail in.
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We splashed our boat just south of Annapolis on Friday and cruised up the bay Saturday. It's a shame we didn't cross paths! It was cold out there, but I had a few friends that came along for the ride anyway
That's a shame that we didn't coordinate! We went out on Saturday too. It was a little lighter than Friday. We went out around noon and then sailed down to that lighthouse on stilts, heaved too, ate lunch, and then turned around and went back to Back Creek. We filled up our diesel for the first time (a slightly different price tag than my old 9.8HP outboard) and then brough Pelican to her resting place for the next month.

What's your boat name/kind of boat? We were looking around quite extensively on Saturday at the other boats around the bay.
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Looks a bit chilly there... what kind of boat are you on???
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We left Annapolis on Saturday also. Left about 10AM and went up to the Sassafras River. Hopefully we'll cross paths over the summer.
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I was on my Catalina 27. I bought her this past winter and was sailing her home Saturday to the Northern part of the Bay. Bohemia River to be exact. When you bring Pelican north, labatt, maybe we could meet up then, if you are coming up through the Bay. I am right near the C & D canal. The boat's name from the PO is Rebel Force, although I doubt you saw us. We shoved off around 7 a.m. from our spot on the town dock in Annapolis. It was a 10-hour motor/sail to my marina on the Bohemia. Wind was on our nose the whole way....
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