There was a very short dalliance with a Drascombe Coaster, a very short dalliance, in the end we decided on something that not only only sports triangular sails but twin rudders to boot!
It's a long story but the Beneteau First 210 which had piqued our interest just after we sold Greta was on the market, so we start the season with a go faster, space machine.
Friday saw father in law David, fellow blogger and boat builder Graham and myself down at Mercury Marina trying to fathom the intricacies of the mast raising legs, I'd like to say third time lucky, but it took four attempts to swing things into place, probably a good job there were no health and safely folks around!
With the mast up Matilda Emily was soon in the slings on the travel lift and on her way to the water.
I want to say a thank you to the staff from HYS, they were really helpful and very friendly and made the whole procedure relaxed, easy and safe.
In the water, we soon had the engine running sweetly and motoring down river to her mooring, there is quite a bit to do to get her sailing hopefully it will all be done for the upcoming Easter weekend. The eagle eyed may have noticed the fresh varnish, there are only 7 pieces of wood in the cockpit, seemed a shame not to get them looking their best - old habits die hard even on a modern hot rod!