The process of getting a trailerable sailboat into the water and ready for cruising is routinely a time consuming and tiring process, however, for this trip I think I set a new record for complications and time taken. The rigging and launching processes themselves went about as smoothly as I can ever remember, however family events and the timing of the tide resulted in us needing two full days to complete the process. We arrived at Oak Harbor Marina on Saturday morning, around 11am. We only had time to check in with the marina, back the boat into a storage parking space, unhitch the truck, and then drive over to our son’s house, where the family was gathering prior to my grandson’s high school graduation ceremony. Following the conclusion of graduation, we drove over to the marina. Greg and I went to work raising the mast and rigging the boat, taking a well needed break for pizza with the family. We left the fully rigged boat in her parking spot for the night, and returned early this morning to slip her into the water. We had to complete the process before 8am, because after that hour, we knew the tide level would be too low for the ramp to be usable. After launching, we motored over to our guest dock slip. This left time for church in the morning and a great barbque picnic at Deception Pass State Park, celebrating our grandson’s graduation.
We’re back at the marina now. Goodbyes have been said, and we’re poking around the boat, trying to remember where all the gear we have stowed over the past few weeks is located. It’s hard to believe that the planning and preparation phase of this trip is now at an end. Tomorrow morning we’ll cast off, completing the transition from a land based existance to life on the water. We can’t wait to start.