Wet as in...the boat is launched! Getting out of the driveway was intense,with a construction dumpster in the way I figured a little push from my truck to move it about two feet would give me enough room to get out. The plan was to install the trailer hitch into the receiver and place some wooden blocks between that and the dumpster. Everything went according to plan except one thing....it wouldn't budge! Even in four wheel drive low gear and nothing! Plan "B"....Trim trees and shrubs,and that's what I had to do to get the boat out of the driveway.
Now for my launching check list:
1) Secure stern straps to trailer
2)Check trailer lights
3)Install the boat's electronics and run a check
4)Lower VHF antenna
5)Re-install bilge plug(#1 priority)
I checked all the safety gear a few days earlier.
I backed down the ramp and the tide was perfect,she floated free right away. It took two turns of the key and the engine fired up. Then park the truck and trailer. Total time from backing down the ramp and shoving off....six minutes! As I headed down the Blynman Canal towards the bridge the tide was rising. I lowered the VHF antenna and made it under the bridge with about two feet to spare. The outer harbor was "snotty" with a stiff SE wind. After I tied up at the dock and secured everything I headed home for a late dinner. My slip is in shallow water at low tide,about 6-8 inches of water and as I was reflecting how well the launching went I realized I forgot to do one thing before leaving the boat.....tilt the outboard out of the water! Wolf down dinner, hop in my truck,go down to the dock and lift the outboard! And thanks to my nephew Seth for giving me a hand in the launching, I'm now ready for summer!
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!