Friday was finally the day to get Drift on the water. Once the boat was moved to the yard I started the rigging process. The manual together with having seen other boats makes it reasonably straight forward although it takes a fair amount of time. Honnor Marine provide a box of bits, all neatly labelled.Having opted for different furlers on both headsails, a few more bits are required, but the time flew by and there wasn’t time to bend on the sails before the launch time. The halyards and stays all need laying out and blocks fitted and where appropriate split pins taped. The Foresail halyard blocks were not supplied with twisted shackles and the bowsprit stays need bottle screws rather than the lashings supplied, but only one trip to the chandlers whilst rigging a new boat shows that the box of bits was pretty comprehensive.
The engine was dropped in and needed raising a pin to make sure it doesn’t touch the hull. It sits nicely, well immersed, but right behind the keel. It also allows the motor to be turned, which is particularly useful in reverse. It will need antifouling in th next few weeks, now the level of immersion is clear.Time for launch, spars all up and secured, gaff and boom on…….