Launch day

Trip Start Oct 30, 2010
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Greetings all,

Today, Oct. 30, 2010 was launch day. After working for many weeks to strip the interior of the boat and clean and paint, rewire and add things for living on board it was finally time to get moving.

Up until now the Missouri river had been too high to launch the boat. We had driven many miles along the route looking at boat ramps and unlike lakes where you launch into calm water a river is very different. The ramps by necessity have to be in currents. Some are are behind wingdams and offer some protection but most just put you into a cross current right away and there is no time for corrections. The ramp under the Bridge at Jefferson City offered the most protection but the water was high enough to just flow over the protective dam.

A sailboat is different in that it doesn't just slide off the trailer. It sits in a cradle on the trailer and has to be deep enough to float over the back supports. When you look at the video of our launch you can see that we did get stuck on the back supports and I had to power us over them to get off the trailer. The truck couldn't back any further.

We were able to launch into a small space of calm water but as soon as we were off the trailer the current started washing us away so it was a launch and go. And go we did. The rudder is removable and does hang a long ways down when the boat is on the trailer and to keep from taking a chance that it might catch on something unseen underwater and break off I had it inside the boat when we pushed off. There was a minute there when we had no steering control until I dropped it in place so we could turn around. Whew.

One of the men who helped and supplied the truck was Dan Barker of TNT productions and he and his son Daniel took all the pictures and video. Dan spliced this together to make the video presented and we thank him VERY much for all his efforts and goodwill.

The other one is Lewis NIhiser. We go back a long way and have done quite a bit of cruising together over the years and worked in the boating and watersports business in several tropical locations.  Lewis is an ordained Baptist Minister and we took a few moments just before they pushed us off to have an official blessing said for the voyage. I think it helped.

One thing I noticed while doing some of these entries is that when I add the map pin I can actually zoom waaay in to put it in darn near the exact location on a map. There are different ways to view the map too. If you look at the map on the entry you can see in the upper right corner there is something called map options. Click on that and select the the satellite view and keep zooming in. I think you can actually get close enough to see the ramp. Do it on the other entries and you can see the docks and other details where we put the pins.

I guess there aren't many pictures of sailboats on the river in front of the Missouri State Capitol.

Harry and Barbara
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DocRoddAye on

Having a hard time seeing the ripples, whitecaps or evidence of current, but the size of the river amazing.

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