yes it has happened, the day finally arrived when I could no longer avoid the inevitable…the yard where DAUNTLESS has been moored for the past month and a half requested it be moved to another dock of theirs sometime during the day. I had no desire to incur another towing bill so knowing that I had all controls ready, instead of the big seatrial planned for her first underway under her own propulsion since 2011, it was instead just a quick test of steering and engine controls then tossing off the lines as if she were just another boat on any day in any place. No hoopla or fanfare…just go with no burps, hiccups or vomiting. Everything went very smoothly and 20minutes after letting go the lines, the vessel was back alongside at a new berth.
So while I know this has been a six month odyssey to reach, it does seem somewhat anticlimactic although I am relieved to know a major milestone was achieved albeit quite suddenly. I really had expected there to be much more planning and preparation involved in making this happen.
sorry but no photos Fraq…I was steering and my deckhand had lines to handle rather than compose a photo documentary of the voyage
I do wish to extend many thanks to all my shipmates here for all your fraternal support in reaching this day.