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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The state of s/v/ Pelican
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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!
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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