Long time fellow Woody Boaters Brian Keen and Dennis Ryan, sent us in the timeless ritual and fun reminder that we are not alone in the joy of the first launch.. Oh and that everyone looses something on the trip.. Take it away Brian.
This weekend we launched our 1949 Chris Craft Special Runabout. Dennis and I (from the Antique Boat Center) have been working on this as our own personal project for the last year. There is something special about launching a boat for the first time. After over a year of restoration we are giddy with hopes and expectations, but are also pensive about the little issues that surround a launching….. Such as, Did you get everything sorted out correctly? Is the plug in? Are there fuel leaks? Do you have all of the correct safety gear? Who gets to drive it first, Etc. Etc…… But when she slips into the water for the first time and fires up all is forgotten and you get to enjoy what you have envisioned in your mind as the first “water test”.
Our water test went well and we made note of certain things. The tranny was slipping at high RPM’S and we made an adjustment, we had a few mishaps (like losing the gas cap….and the mast light globe.) but all in all had a wonderful weekend and we could finally enjoy a years worth of hard work.
Putting a 65 year old boat back in the water after many years of non-use and neglect certainly gives you a sense of accomplishment. We are looking forward to putting many many more hours on our new little bundle of joy! We know that putting a boat in the water for the first time after restoration will certainly give you a list of further things to do and improve on but there’s still nothing like calling it a success and getting to share all of your hard work with those you love and share what you have created with everyone.