Saturday, Oct. 1 was the boat christening ceremony. First the launch at Quail Lake, where several friends gathered, mainly to see if the Huerfano would actually float.
A brief incantation initiated the launch:
"It's easy to grin when your ship comes in, and you've got the stock market beat.
But the man worthwhile is the man who can smile when his shorts are too tight in the seat."
- Judge Smails, Caddyshack
Followed by some illicit champagne (city park = no alcohol) and a toast to the Huerfano.
Then, with some trepidation, it was time to push her off into the water.
Some rides were enjoyed by the faithful, all glad she floated just fine.
All were very appreciative of the fly-over, specially arranged with the Air Force, even though they did start 30 minutes earlier to also include the AF-Navy game :)
Then it was time to winch her back on the trailer and head back to the Marland Boat Shop for burgers and beer with many friends, including many of those who have helped so much in the boat build process.