Turning the boat over is not the major undertaking it might be--a 15 foot boat weighing just a few hundred pounds should be child's play compared to something like a yacht! In addition, the cabin and other interior structures contribute very little to the strength and stability of the hull, so there's no need to be gentle, just careful. Still, everything I've read leads me to the inescapable conclusion that turnover is an important milestone deserving of it's own page. And maybe a bit of a social event--I wonder what Crestline's policy is on having a bit of wine or beer on hand for the turning crew and supporters?

(As it happens, there policy is pretty good. Pizza and beer was on hand.)

Days 33 & 34 ( Mar 19, 2006): The boat survived the turn and it's on the trailer


This is the week-end we turn the boat. I had a few things to do, first. Like finish the trailer! There wasn't much left to do. About six hours of hole drilling (two triple layers of 1/4" steel in a less than ideal position) and mounting the boat cradle. I also had to prep for the turn with some protective padding in strategic spots. As you can see, there isn't a lot of room to play with.


Okay, is everybody here? Cameron is missing, but that's all right--let's go!

The team. From left to right we have Debbie, Jessica, Ron (me), Geoff (part owner of Crestline and the guy who suggested I use a corner of their shop to build this thing), Bruce (former co-worker from Heinze), Gary (co-worker), Ed (Dev's brother), Jay (our son), Adam (our nephew, Debbie's eldest), and Mom.


Holy mackerel! It's on it's side already!


Picking up to put it on the trailer.



And we're down!


So that's what it's supposed to look like right-side up. Not all those goofy photo-edits!

The team is ready to eat, even Cam (extreme left).


And now we have a few shots, of the innards...


... and a few more from other vantage points. It sits pretty high on the trailer. That could make it challenging to get in on and off at the water's edge, but we have a pretty steep launch ramp to deep water and we only have to do that a couple of time a year. We do have plans to build a proper trailer, but the budget just wasn't there this year.

Thanks team!