Launching Rybka


The launching took place on the 20th March 2004 at the Jindalee
boat ramp in my home town of Brisbane, Australia.

Thanks to everyone who came and shared the moment with me - it was a hoot.

Photos and story below...


What are you guys looking at??
Leah, Bruce and Katia inspecting the boat.


What are you looking at?

What can I say - my mates! From left to right Burt, John, Leah, me, Bruce, Katia and Rohan. Emma is behind the camera taking the photos - thanks Emma.

My Mates


Step 1.
Master the art of reversing
with a long trailer

Reversing the trailer

 Step 2.
Get a pretty woman to spray
sparkling wine all over the bow

Christening Christening

The Launching Prayer (which was recited)...

"Over The Land And Into The Drink, Please God, Don't Let It Sink."
Credit: Samual Devlin, Devlins Boat Building

Step 3.
Well it floats away from the trailer ok

In The Water For The First Time In The Water For The First Time

Step 4.
Looking Good

At The Dock

Step 5.
Will the engine start?

1st On Board Engine Test

My god, the engine works...

Engine Test Engine Test

Well - here I go
 (where is the life jacket again?)

Off I Go

I did it!!!

Damn, It Works

Lets raise the canopy go for a spin
 Leah and Katia in the bow.

Bimini Up Bimini Up


A selection of other photographs...

These were taken by Leah using my very limited digital camera and then Emma moved up to the 35mm Camera.

At The Jetty - Everyone wants to have a go Engine Trim Idiot! It still floats It still floats Cruising Cruising Cruising Cruising Cruising Cruising Cruising Cruising Preparing for the day at home Preparing for the day at home At The RampReversing the trailer Reversing the trailer Reversing the trailer Reversing the trailer Unhooking Ready to be christened At The Jetty At The Jetty 1st Run 1st Run 1st Run 1st Run 1st Run

 
 
   
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