There was no ceremony, and there were no spectators as I pushed ‘Minnow’ off her trailer into the muddy water of Burnham Yacht Harbour. A gentle wind from astern helped me yuloh her to a nearby pontoon where she will spend the night. I’ll rejoin her tomorrow, probably between 10.00 and 11.00.
After launching ‘Minnow’ I did a quick check to see if she was taking water, and as far as I could ascertain, she was as sound as a bell. Having made a cup of tea, I tried the Honda 2 HP outboard, and to my delight it fired and started after three or four pulls.
My plan for tomorrow is to do a little work on the gimbal for the cooker to ensure that the twin axels stay put. I don’t want the kettle or saucepan coming adrift. I could be scalded, or more to the point, the cooker could start a fire! Therefore, it is essential for me to put it right.
Afterwards, I’ll probably take ‘Minnow’ for a sail towards Fambridge on the flood tide. If the wind continues from the northeast, I’ll have a broad reach up river and a beat back towards Burnham. I’ll be interested to find out if the sheeting arrangement keeps the sheet clear of the engine and if I can get enough purchase to flatten the sail.
‘Minnow’s’ road trailer has been hosed with fresh water and it is now in her boathouse until required again. This may be a matter of days, weeks, or months. I cannot tell.
Thank you to all readers who have sent me good wishes and congratulations.