|After stuffing themselves full of tapas, the nomadic sailors made their way across the club waterfront to Nautica, tied to on the launch dock.|
|Explaining some of the unique story that accompanies the vessel to date.|
The months of tasks aboard the Alberg had been long. My spreadsheet reveals about 70 items, or projects, notwithstanding innumerable hours of personal investment into "improving" the overall seaworthiness and cosmetics of the vessel. I had also chronicled the monetary costs of that investment alongside the fixes! Many folks assembled on the docks thought she was quite lovely. But then, it's easy to look original and customized to its period look against the backdrop of dingy white high freeboard hulls assembled nearby, many the aspiration of an owner whose attention span has long since forgotten that first captivating glance which required mountains of hours and as much money, to get their boat where it now languishes, unnoticed in the crowd of clanging halyards. I was quite proud of this vessel in the sweat of the late Spring evening. I looked down at kids who had no idea of what we were doing and their adult parents who did, coming together to "toast" the renaming of a vessel which to me, was a warm and charming design, the kind people look at and say, "wow, that's nice...."
|Glomming on through the Ceremony with one toast after another....|
|We perhaps ought to have done a pre-ceremony test run on cork removal!|
|Checking on First Mate's readiness before the final proclamation.|
|Everyone enjoys a bit of bubbly sprayed about!|
|Just before the explosion!|