Cabin Boy Launch!
In fact, Cabin Boy was not 100% complete. I didn't have time
to seize on the rope rub rail and, more important, Ididn't have
time to varnish the interior oak, and mahogany transom.
I could live for awhile without a rub rail, but I didn't want
to launch Cabin Boy without some sort of protection for the unpainted
wood. Luckily, I'd read about Linseed Oil in a recent edition
of Wooden Boat, and thought that would be a good enough substitute
So I mixed up a brew of Linseed Oil and Turpentine, and had my
son Chris lather it on until the wood didn't absorb any more.
Then it was time to head off to Huntington Harbor for the big
I should mention that Huntington Harbor is the ideal place to
test an Atkin boat, since William Atkin opened his first boat
shop in Huntington, pretty close to where I intended to launch
So, on a beautiful spring day, we carried him down to the beach.
Poised on the water's edge, he looked ready to head out to sea.
Of course, no launch is complete without a beautiful woman and
a bottle of Champagne, or, perhaps more appropriately, in our
case, a bottle of Blue Moon.
Success! No leaks, and Cabin Boy rowed beautifully, even burdened
down in the stern. Later on, I rowed the boat alone, and the transom
perked out of the water, and he rowed even better. Unfortunately,
I'd lost my photographer by then, so no pictures!
So Cabin Boy's first outing was a complete success, and he's
now nodding sleepily on his painter a few feet off from the Blue
Moon, ready to start his Big Adventure.
And so am I!
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