IN THE WATER AT LAST!
Splash! she's floating! Anxious Cayuga Wooden Boatworks folks climb aboard looking for a flood
of water that never comes. As expected there is some leakage around the keel aft. But with a day or
so in the water the white oak will swell and these leaks will stop. The shore power pumps are left aboard but not needed.
feeling at home in a slip at
Five hours after launch the DOWAGER
left the launch slip under her own power and was tied in under cover next to
the WHITE CAP, a 62 year old Richardson sedan cruiser owned and operated by
the author and photographer of this web site's DOWAGER material. Several
days later the DOWAGER was taken on a ten mile shake down cruise on Cayuga
Lake. Despite the fog and light rain that persisted that day the maiden
voyage of the reborn DOWAGER went smoothly. She handled and performed with
the grace, comfort and dignity that can only be found in well designed and
built wooden boats. There is still some final work to be done over the
winter. By launch time next spring she will be ready for another 70 or more
years of safe, comfortable cruising.
The Dowager -
underway and doing what she does best,
while gliding through the water