Oliver and I gave the deck a final sanding with 120 grit to remove the rest of the dried glue, and any scuff marks left in the deck since it was installed months ago. Then the clouds came and spurting rain over the boat, which revealed the most beautiful colors in all the wood throughout the boat.
Meanwhile, Alfie was busy installing as much PVC plumbing as he could.
The launch date, needless to say, was a spectacular event. It was held on Saturday, September 12 and under light rains three beautiful speeches were given, and she was christened first by Bill Eddy, an interim minister with some boat building experience of his own, and finally by Sandi Holland with a wonderful smash of a champaign bottle. Once in the water and with the crowds departed, we really got to stand back and see the boat in the water and although she float a little high in the bow, we were all very happy.
That monday, I used my boat to tow the MC-30 through the bridge and out across Nantucket Sound to Alfie's pier in Nantucket. Everything went smoothly and she is resting safe on Nantucket where we continue to work on her, putting on the finishing touches.
Since the launch date, I had a feeling that the project of recording the work done to STARRY NIGHT was complete. But it is not. It has been a lot of work updating this site, but it has been satisfying to me over the last year, and I will do my best to get a few more updates in until she is sailing under her own power.