Last Saturday I did my first sea trials. She hadn't been out of the marina since arriving in Oct. of 2004, and the start of the refit
I still have plenty to do, but it was time.
Two friends joined me....we departed Beirut at 1530 and arrived in Cyprus
at noon the next day..112 nm...wind was right on the nose and I wanted to give the engine
systems a good run-in so we motored all the way.
After a bit of "boat stuff" shopping
we left Monday at 1700...conditions were perfect. Wind
was 14 KTs at about 55deg off the bow...seas 3 to 4ft stayed right on the rumb line averaging 7.5kts (max was 7.8) until about 0400 when it died off.
sailed the next 6hrs in to Beirut.
It was so nice.
Like I said...I still have plenty of small things to do but at least I can now take her out when I want.
arrived a couple days ago and the first thing we did was go out for an hour...it was their first time ever on her at sea.
I appreciate the support and "ata boy's" I've gotten from the CF membership
through out...It did matter and helped keep me motivated to do the best work I could on her.....thanks all.
PS..Stripped the splines out of the damper plate of my new trans. when docking
in Leb....was lucky..pulled it the next day and was able to flip it over and reinstall.
The male shaft/splines from the trans only entered/stripped 2cm into/of the 5cm deep socket in the damper plate.