Builder's sea trial was scheduled for Friday the 28th, but when Eric and Jim (Lee Shore's ace rigger) went to launch, the tide was so low they would have driven the trailer right off the end of the ramp. Discretion prevailed for a rescheduled Monday launch. Boat builders like to test boats privately to keep the "making of the sausage" aspect to themselves, Lee Shore is no exception. But, in this case not necessary - all went perfectly.
Thanks to what the glass-half-full people might call the future "patina" of oxidization, Bucktail will never again look so shiny. But she'll always look pretty good. Needing only a cap on the chimney, the roof-mount stove fuel tank (a cute little aluminum barrel) and the GPS antenna hockey puck, she'll be all done.
In the prop test, Bucktail peaked out at 5600rpm. Honda says 5800-6000 is fine, so Eric is slightly reducing pitch on the final stainless prop order.
And, she'd be delivered by now had we not come up with a last-second great idea: making the two pedestal seats (the only permanent seats) removable. Creates more space to rig our temporary dining and sleeping accommodations, without things/people being too close to the furnace. So, Lee Shore has ordered the removable pedestals. They should arrive this Thursday (day after tomorrow), along with a two-way swivel for the laptop mount. And, as soon as Jim can put it all in place, she's ready to turn over to us Beaverites for owner sea trials.