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Postby riverron on Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:46 pm

Well it has been 4.5 years since I started my build. It’s probably longer than normal, but I have enjoyed the whole journey! I finally got her ( boat name DAMFINO) more to come on that, in the water on 9/24/20. I had to drive almost 300 miles, but we did it!

I am not much of a sailer and was very anxious about putting her in the water. I picked Beaufort NC for our week’s vacation. The week started off with 3-4 days of 20 plus knots sustained/ 35 plus gusts! Needless to say, we did not go. We also had a king tide during the same time period with coastal flooding and a current/tide drop of 4 ish ft. Not a good start for a beginner!

9/24/20 called for no king tide, winds around 5 knots, oh and I didn’t mention no small craft warning, which we have had for the last few days. We picked the local ramp, which had enough room to basically do circles. I will not go into all the concerns I had, but every thing worked out great! Some exceptions! Lol!

I had no spaghetti tangles when raising the mast, the torqeedo motor with remote throttle work greet! I did put a nice scratch in the paint, by not using bumpers, but will need to figure that out.


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Re: Splash! DAMFINO

Postby JonLee on Sun Sep 27, 2020 9:33 pm

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Re: Splash! DAMFINO

Postby TassiePete on Sun Sep 27, 2020 11:50 pm

Yay. Very nice indeed. I like the colour scheme. Have fun sailing the little beauty !
And ... what are you going to build next ? A Welsford Penguin or something bigger ?


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Re: Splash! DAMFINO

Postby riverron on Mon Sep 28, 2020 8:09 am


Yes, I am already thinking of what to build!!!! LOL! The size will definitely depend on my garage.
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Re: Splash! DAMFINO

Postby mark48 on Mon Sep 28, 2020 11:54 am

Beautiful and congratulations. Keep us posted on next steps.

All the best,
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Re: Splash! DAMFINO

Postby Mflyer65 on Mon Sep 28, 2020 7:01 pm

Great news and congrats on your first outing!
I have stayed in Beaufort a few times and recognize the bridge!
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Re: Splash! DAMFINO

Postby Pastorjim on Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:19 am

Congratulations!!!!! She is beautiful! I'm afraid that I have you beat on time... I'm rapidly approaching 7 years :shock: But "Journey" is getting VERY close now... maybe even yet this fall!
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Re: Splash! DAMFINO

Postby slick95 on Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:02 pm

Beautiful boat!
Congratulations Ron!!!
Georgetown, Tx
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Re: Splash! DAMFINO

Postby SMHolmans on Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:17 pm

She is amazing Ron. Congratulations and well done on creating such a beautiful boat. Enjoy sailing her!

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Re: Splash! DAMFINO

Postby sean on Thu Oct 01, 2020 9:58 pm

Congrats, nothing like taking your beautiful hand crafted boat out on the water for the first time!
Looks awesome, great job!
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