The final preparation steps included painting the bottom, a job NO ONE looks forward to or enjoys. I dare you to say otherwise. Our bottom was in good shape so it just got a touch up for this year. Bottom paint is outrageously expensive so there is no need to be frivolous or wasteful with it.
This year I was present and active for Kindred Spirit‘s launch. The actual launch was perfectly uneventful and much the same as previous years. I have no interesting, scary, or funny stories to tell which is a good thing. I did take note that the date was May 3rd. May 3, 2020 was that fateful day when I fell backwards off of the swim platform on the hard. Moving from land to the slip relieves me.
May 3rd is an early launch date but we decided that it would be much nicer to finish interior preparations for the season in the water. We stayed overnight several times over the next two weeks as we worked on the boat.
We needed a shakedown trip and planned an overnight to West Harbor, Fishers Island. We watched the weather forecast and chose 3 good looking days. LOL. Fickle forecasts seem to be the norm. We select the best days of the week and then they flip and flop.
The weather forecast for our last day flipped and flopped again so that we take that shakedown trip, but just for the day.