All set up and ready for launch! Setup took a little longer than usual due to several admirers who dropped by with questions, compliments, and asking to take photos.
Ellie is officially launched! She floats! No leaks. The centerboard raises and lowers perfectly.
The only real "glitch" we encountered was a little bit of water creeping through the seam in my centerboard case cap. Entirely my fault for deviating from the plans. The portion aft of the seam, where the mainsheet tackle is attached, is permanently affixed to the centerboard case. I made the capping forward of the seam removable. No problem, I will simply add a rubber seal to the seam.
My compliments to John Welsford for designing such an outstandingly beautiful, seaworthy, and enjoyable boat, and for the generous help and support he provides. Thank you Bill Tosh for the terrific sails and thank you Chuck and Sandra at Duckworks for your outstanding service and excellent selection. Thanks to everyone on the jwbuilders forum for generously sharing their knowledge. And a special thank you to my family and my wonderful wife Cindy. Your precious love and support made it all possible.