Although the Christina Rose was in the water all winter and working/running since mid-March, the 2012 season kick-off was delayed slightly for a couple reasons… insurance prevents operation until April-1 and updates to the electronics took a little longer than anticipated. Improvements included a lot of routing/running cables for satellite-TV, radar, masthead lighting, a bunch of NMEA2000 trunk-work from the bilge up-to the helm for some flow-sensor work. Just the kind of stuff a geek electrical engineer would be interested in; like the Christina Rose, a labor of love.
April 7th was the first time out of her slip, well technically two trips out after a false-start due to an antifreeze-issue in the port-engine caused by having to pull a hose during spring-prep that blocked the #8 spark-plug. When that hose was pulled, I mistakenly thought all the orange-fluid that dumped into the bilge was the raw-water side of life… whoops… it was engine antifreeze in hind-sight. After a quick return for more fluids, everything went off without a hitch. Or alarm.
Uncle Fluffy came out for the maiden voyage, assisting with calming the Captain after the Port temperature gauge went north of 200. A quick-trip to WestMarine for more bodily-fluids for the Portside then Christina gracefully left the marina. Well, not so graceful with the 2-3′ swells in the bay.
Fluffy and Crew put 8.7nm on Christina Rose cruising around the Chester Bay and Queenstown on the 2012 shakedown, averaging 14kt with a top-speed of 22kt, before wind, waves, and darkness dictated a return to port.
Happy Wakes! Drop me a line anytime, ChristinaRose@edickent.com