I had not had her in the water since she was pulled out of the James River in December. Questions ran through my mind; "Would she take on water?" "Could the rigging handle the wind?" and "How will she feel underway?"
I had heard all sorts of tales of the classic Cape Dory Typhoon. They spoke of how she handled like a larger vessel. That meant to me that in one sense she was able to keep a heading with little effort. She would not blow off course or take the wind by surprise. She would lean over and run with the breeze. It also suggested to me that like a larger vessel, she was sure in the tiller. That is to say, the control of the vessel is truly at one's fingertips. A shallow vessel planes across the water while a keel hull cuts deep and sure. I was looking forward to our sea trials.
Then there was the sail plan. This Typhoon is a "fractional rig." That simply means her jib or genoa only ascends part way up the mast. From my experience sailing larger yachts, I figured that at her displacement of 2000 pounds, she'd need plenty of head sail to get underway. I fitted her with the Genoa, hanked-on the forestay. Here she is rigged up on her trailer ready for a splash.
Finally getting her underway I decided to shoot her with my GoPro3 and give a glimpse of what it looks like to be at the helm of this vessel dubbed, "America's Littlest Yacht:"