That is so funny. I actually said it this weekend to my neighbor camper.DaveC426913 wrote:Oh, and when you open the stopcock in the transom, don't deny yourself a Mac tradition.
As onlookers point at 1150 gallons pouring out of your tail, be sure to look at them, deadpan, and say "Oh, just dumping my blackwater".
We also launched for the first time Weds, smooth waters nice grade off the beach into the waters, no issues.
Getting the boat on....different story. This has so much freeboard it's like a sail all by itself. we ended up leaving it in the water for all 3 nights which caused other beaching issues also due to the wind.
Once the wind dropped back below 5 knots we still couldn't get the trailer in. After readjusting to a shore with a deeper drop with the bunks under water we walked the boat in and a little help from the trailer winch we were home free with no motor used at all.
So my lessons learned from our first launch and retrieval:
For beach retrieval I want to put a 25ft strap on the trailer winch to make it easier to hook and pull. This assumes two people, 1 on the crank and one in the water on the stern keeping the boat on the correct trajectory. Also assumes no engine use, no one in the boat and very little wind.
The 25' dock retrieval line was useful
Find a ramp with a dock if it's windy, even then if the wind is off the sides it is going to be tricky.
Ditto on the 1 rudder flat to the water. When we were attempting a retrieval when it was windy having the rudder down helped.
The previous owner kept a 12v tube pump in the boat. The fittings go nicely into the vent hole and once the ballast gate is open will pressurize the tank and help get the water out. I didn't use it yet but it seems like it would work.