Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Stepping the Rig

Most of you will remember that M put a lot of time and energy into our mast; see here Re-Rigging the Mast: Part 1 and here Re-rigging the Mast: Part 2). So when it came time to step the rig there wasn't an overwhelming amount of work to do. We are planning on replacing the standing rigging sometime soon but for now she just stands as she did after the last time she was stepped. We had to remove the rig to fit into the tent so it is about time we stop messing around and become a proper sail boat again.

Ready to go up

Friday, August 9, 2013

Launch Day

Ellen Louise tasting that sweet salty water for the first time in 14 months. Sure does feel good.

Econolift moving Ellen Louise out of the tent

Celebration Dip!

Something In A Name

The name Ellen Louise has a lot of meaning for Matt. The boat was named after his late Grandmother on his mothers side. We had previously been trying to figure out a way to incorporate her signature into the name on the transom but couldn't every figure out a way to do it effectively. Even though Matt has technically owned the boat since 2008, the name has never been professionally applied to her transom. We had block vinyl letters for a while but that just looked cheesy. We decided to go with the gold leaf letters because it seemed to be the most classic looking design. I, however, thought I wanted 'Engine Turn' gold leaf but Matt assured me that mostly power boats use 'engine turn' and sailboats look better with 'Florentine gold leaf'. Well, he was right and I love how it turned out. Thanks to Grandpa Bowers we were able to have the name professionally applied and it looks beautiful!

Thanks again Grandpa B!!