Boy, who is that old, gray-haired guy in your above pix, Steve? Can't be me, though he does look kinda like that guy I see in the mirror every morning....
Yeah, I had a great time too, and it definitely took us too long to finally meet and get some boats in the brine. I can certainly see how Hansen Dam has great running potential if the water is usually better than what I encountered this p.m.
For those of you keeping score, Steve's big new 30th Parallel Type VII, the one whose build is detailed in the latest SCR, did well on her trial runs today. At first a little stern heavy, removing some lead aft pretty quickly took care of the problem. She looked menacing out on the water and performed impressively, though she did go through battery juice faster than Steve would've liked. He's looking into that glitch and may switch out the power supply he's currently using for something more robust.
And Blueback? Well, in typical fashion I had her PERFECTLY trimmed in buddy Neil Schmidt's lap pool last weekend to prepare for today's run -- and then this afternoon she was decidedly nose heavy and sluggish. Just being her same old unpredictable self, in other words. At least her latest refit's paint job was looking good. Lots of scum line -- which really helped in today's murky seas.
What follows are some of my shots from the run. Many thanks Steve, I had a fun day too, and we'll do it again sometime. As Steve says, who wants to join us next time?
Sure writing is easy: just sit staring at a blank page until the drops of blood start forming on your forehead.