For those who don't know about this boat, you can read her history here, and here, and here, and here.
John has done a wonderful job of building his boat, showing that a determined first-timer who reads the correct books, and approaches things in a methodical manner can achieve first-class results. You can read about John's building journey on his Woodenboat Magazine Forum thread here.
Launching day was overcast, rainy, and almost totally free of a sailing breeze. However, we did get a few short-lived breezes off the edges of passing showers, and were able to experience a little bit of resonable sailing - enough for me to form some opinions about stability and hull-balance. At this stage of the game I am very happy indeed with how the boat performed. In particular, I am delighted about the ergonomics of the internal layout. Here are some random photos: -
|The hull-form of Little Egret is a cross between a sharpie and a dory, with a bottom panel wider than a pure dory, and with more flare in the topsides than is common in a sharpie.|
|Although it was early in the day, John and I indulged ourselves in a celebratory shot of rum and coke before the launching. That is John on the left, and a very nervous me on the right!|
|In from the first sail. The wind has dropped out, but we had encountered enough to discover that she sails nicely. That is me giving the 'thumbs up' to my wife who took the photo.|
|This boat is very lean, and has fine entry lines|
|With two people aboard, the boat trims with the top of the rudder just below the surface.|
|John with his wife on launching day. His face tells a story about he feels...|