Friday, November 30, 2007

Windependent reaches the water's edge after a year on land

Windependent was out of the water for a year. Finally, on the evening of Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007, she was launched. But, even that last quarter-mile took all day, with various challenges and delays. Here Windependent is shown at the end of a long consist, with a commercial truck towing two long trailers. Because the lake doesn't have a marine railway or crane (lake levels fluctuate through a range of perhaps a hundred feet), there are few means to launch a big boat. Some boats are launched by dropping them down the ramp at the end of a long cable, as was shown in the posts about launching a keelboat on

Windependent was launched by using a long trailer in between the towing truck and the trailer that cradled the boat. This allowed the boat to be backed into deep water.


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