Tuesday morning we arrived at the boat early to get ready for the actual launch into Lake Travis. We put the dinghy back onto the boat and fastened the fenders to the starboard side of the boat. Eric drove the boat through the parking lot to Eriksen Marine, next door to Emerald Point Marina.
We were able to hire them and their equipment to help launch the boat into the lake. This large tractor lowered the trailer and boat down to the water's edge.
Stephen and dockhands with boat hooks were on the dock ready to receive the boat.
Here's a video of the boat being launched into Lake Travis. It was a very exciting moment.
This is how it looked as we drove away from the launch spot.
Here's the happy crew on the first ride on Lake Travis for Dolce Vitaville..
Our friend Lyse was with us during many of the activities in both Seabrook and Lake Travis. Dick met us at the Lakeway Marina and he helped us complete all the things that still needed to be put back together. Of great importance, he re-connected all of the electrical wires that had been disconnected with the unstepping of the mast. He and Stephen also put the jib back on.
The day came to a close, but he came back early the next morning to do a few last minute things before their noon flight back home to Maine. He helped us re-install the screacher. The screacher is a large sail that we use instead of the jib during light winds. We have found it to be very helpful on Lake Travis at times.
He discussed with us how to install the new parts we have gathered to make the screacher easier to manage.
We are thrilled with our new home at Lakeway Marina. My family kept a boat or two there for thirty years so we feel right at home. In addition the folks who work there as well as the services are just great.
We have an end tie close to the breakwater and entrance into Lakeway Marina. We love our location. In the lower photo we are the sailboat on the right. Home Sweet Home. Lucky us!
Life is good.
Stephen and Franci