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#1 26 Aug 2018 11:41 pm

CrimeaRiver
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Registered: 3 Oct 2016
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Northeaster Dory launch...at long last!

Launching had been delayed by months by the lack of a suitable trailer but having finally tracked one down that would do the job we managed a late summer inaugural sail and row. Was something of a family occasion and most of the sailors in our tribe turned up for the launch at our local sailing club on Loch Morlich nr Aviemore.

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(Above) Light winds blessed our day....which more or less kept the ravenous Scottish midges at bay.


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(Above) "Are those wheel bearings waterproof?" Yes, indeed, they are. There were some understandable early jitters as the boat was wheeled into the water for the first time.


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(Above) It floats! Had carried out a 'dry rigging' at home on the drive so were confident we could rig and sail it away from from the pontoon without mishap.


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(Above) Final preparations. We have 4 sailing instructors in the family and 3 of them scrambled aboard for the first outing under sail.


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(Above) Yay! Finally moving under sail.


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(Above) The mighty Cairngorms provide a dramatic backdrop for our Northeaster dory's maiden voyage.


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(Above) A fine looking boat. The beautifully crafted lug rig sail suits it, I think.


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(Above) Next up was some rowing. It sliced through the water with ease with a solo rower and single passenger.


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(Above) Made very good progress with two rowers, too.


A great day! Next sometime in the early autumn up will be an outing with the drop in rowing unit installed and the pair of sculling oars I made.

The sailing instructors have suggested a few ways of tweaking the rigging to improve performance which I'll chew over in the next few weeks.


Recidivist wooden surfboard builder!
Built a Kaholo 12' 6" SUP from plans
Building a NE Dory from plans

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