Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Launch

One o'clock in the afternoon yesterday we launched my traditional Ocracoke skiff. Here is a photo gallery of the event. You can click on any photo to view a larger image.

Backing her down the ramp:



Off the trailer:



Ready to board:



Shoving off (Philip, Al, Lachlan, Tom, & David):


Away we go:


Underway:


And best of all -- she didn't sink!
At the dock, early Sunday morning:


Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is Captain Rob's essay, "Schooner Windfall Sails into the Final Sunset." You can read it here:http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news052110.htm.

11 comments:

  1. Has this vessel been christened? Whatever her name may be, may she enjoy a long, happy life of fair winds and following seas.

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  2. Anonymous8:50 AM

    NICE BOAT WHERE IS IT NORMALLY TIED UP, OR IS IT? ALSO.....WHERE IS THE RAMP LOCATED. I MIGHT WANT TO LAUNCH MY KAYAK FROM THERE WHEN I COME DOWN IN JUNE. THANKS

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  3. Anonymous8:54 AM

    Wonderful pics, Philip! Kelli and Katie especially loved seeing Lachlan out with you. Thanks for sharing. Celeste, Jack, Katie and Kelli

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  4. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Hi Mr. Philip and Hi Lachlan,
    I love your boat. It looks pretty! I like the colors too. See you in July.
    Love, Kelli (age 5)

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  5. Great Job fixing up the boat. Hope you have a great time with it!!!

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  6. Thanks for all the comments. I haven't named the boat yet. My dad named it "Amy" after my daughter. My neighbor, Frank, thought I should name it the "Miss Lawton" (even though Lawton is my dad he suggested that name because boats are usually thought of as feminine). When I didn't think that was a very good name he suggested the "I Miss Lawton."

    Right now the boat is tied up in front of the Capt. Thomas house (the two story house with gray, wooden shutters, down point) because it's shallow there...but it's not leaking much so I will move it sometime this week to it's permanent docking slip at the Community Store.

    I launched her from the public ramp at the large parking area near the OPS museum and the National Park Visitors Center.

    Amy, Lachlan, and I are planning to take her out for a scud later this morning.

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  7. Anonymous10:29 AM

    Congrats to you and thanks for the pictures. She's a beautiful lady.

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  8. Anonymous8:33 AM

    Now this tale of your wonderful Dad's handmade boat is classic Ocracoke!

    Love the pics....thanks!

    I liked the suggestion of naming the boat, "I Miss Lawton"...very fitting.

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  9. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Your boat is so cool! I love the steering wheel and the blue bottom! I know you are proud of her! Mike

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  10. Anonymous11:23 PM

    How about "Aye, Miss Lawton"?

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  11. Philip, thanks so much for commenting on my post. And yes, your skiff was the inspiration for my painting. I'm very happy we made that connection!

    Hope to talk with you soon.
    Douglas

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