Yesterday was a big day. Wasco is back in the water after ten months on the hard at Norsands Boatyard. It took about an hour to maneuver around the other boats and then gently lower her into the water, ultimately checking for leaks, testing the engines and props, before they cut us loose and sent us on our way. Maiden voyage was a short 2.2 mile motor up-river, through the Te Matua A Pohe drawbridge(?), to the Wharangei Town Basin Marina where we are tied up to the guest dock for two nights. Here we’ll finish some provisioning and other projects before heading out for a short shakedown cruise. We must come back as there’s a large crate of equipment (including Donald’s beloved dinghy) making its way through customs which we need to claim and load on board – heaven only knows where.
Perhaps the most significant event though was a small little ceremony we had before launching, to respectfully rename the boat from Koa to Wasco. We were all unexpectedly moved.