A rudder is born

Unswaddled and ready to meet its caretakers, a beautiful rudder is born.
Unswaddled and ready to meet its caretakers, a beautiful rudder is born. And it even came with instructions.

As the FedEx Freight truck rumbled its way into Canal Boatyard yesterday, I was high atop a ladder swirling wax into Yahtzee’s gel coat. When I turned and saw it, I nearly fell down the rungs in excitement. And I was so giddy that my signature was unrecognizable on the receiving papers.

Watching our sweet new baby being lifted from the truck and then unwrapped this morning for its first meeting with its new (to it) boat, I couldn’t actually believe it was happening. I still can’t. After a three week wait, Yahtzee’s new rudder is a thing of beauty, and allows us to finally see the light at the end of a very long, sometimes scarily dark tunnel. We’re closer to being home than we have been in a long long time. And it feels great.

There's still a short adjustment period for the boat and rudder to get through before they can be in the water together.
A short adjustment period for the boat and rudder is yet to come before they can be in the water together.

That said, there is still work to be done and a holiday to contend with. But as far as timelines go — which are never good for a boat in a boatyard — we’ll all be back in the water again fairly soon.

Welcome home!
Welcome home!

Stay tuned, folks, we’re getting there…

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