Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Empress Escapes from Boat Yard

After almost two-months in the Driscoll boat yard in Mission Bay, Empress finally escaped on May 8, 2012.  Most of the delay was due to weather interfering with the application of 12 coats of varnish to her exterior teak brightwork.  Driscoll did a great job on all the repair work and I recommend their Mission Bay yard.  The photo below shows Empress being launched.

Travelift Launches Empress at
Driscoll boat yard in Mission Bay

John Penhune was able to bring Empress back to her end tie a few hundred yards away single-handedly by rigging a dock line at the pier so that he could retrieve it with a boat hook.  The extended Penhune family finally is ready for Catalina cruising again!

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