Getting Ready for Spring 2019 Launch

Even though spring doesn’t officially arrive until 20 March, it looks like we’ve broken out of the Arctic chill that was preventing moving forward on projects to get J/109 Vento Solare launched.  Thanks to Larry’s help on 14 March, the boat cover is off, the speakers are back on the rail so we have tunes while working, the sail drive is back together and the bottom has been sanded in preparation for painting.

Over the next couple of weeks more boat projects are planned to support launching the first week of April.  If anyone is available to help, the following tasks need to be done.

  • Hull wax & buff
  • Bottom painting – a dry day after paint is purchased at the Defender Sale 28 March
  • Wet sanding bottom
  • Pressure wash and clean topside
  • Topside wax & buff
  • Polish topside stainless
  • Mount safety stuff on rail (lifesling, etc.)
  • Flush water system and fill water tank
  • Declutter boat and clean inside

After launch, J/109 Vento Solare needs to conduct speed, wind & compass calibration to setup the new B&G instruments.  I’ll be looking for folks who want to go out on the water for that.  We’ll know dates better as we get closer to launch.

Sometime the week of 8-12 April J/109 Vento Solare will sail from Borden Light Marina to the Navy Marina on a nice weather day.  If anyone is interested in making the voyage, send Bill an email.

You’ll see that a Pleasure Cruise Around Newport has been added to the calendar at 2pm Saturday 13 April.  If you are interested in joining, please set your availability for the event at this link.

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