Now, the time has come. The Builder, in preparation, sets about applying liberal peer pressure to his colleagues and is soon able to muster a brave crew. A date is set, and the clock is ticking.
|With the building cradle removed, The Boat sits unfettered.|
The day arrives. Mountaineer, U-Boat Driver, PACSman and The King come out to help. Some members of the crew have just supped at Restaurant of the The Grouchy Chef, so that they may be strong for the awaiting task.
The door is flung open and sunlight pours in onto The Boat's bow. Padding is deployed. The Plan is laid out for the crew. It is simple enough: coax the boat out of the garage, roll her, and return her to from whence she came. The benefits of having gathered over 60 years of engineering experience is clear, and some minor details are quickly ironed out. The Plan is incrementally improved.
The crew surrounds the vessel and sizes up the task. The King grips the rubrail and gives it a tug, querying, "is this structural?" The Builder assures The King that said rubrail is fully capable of supporting the weight of the boat. The Builder is not as sure as he looks, however, and feels his throat constrict ever-so-slightly as the crew seizes the rubrails and begins to haul. The rail holds. The Boat hobbles forward. A crew of four could have managed, but the task would have been more daunting. Likewise, a sixth crewman would have lightened the load, but was unnecessary. With Builder and Mountaineer forward, U-Boat Driver and the King aft, and PACSman at the stern, The Boat sidles into the sunlight.
|Mountaineer, U-Boat Driver, and The King contemplate the next step. |
PACSman hides in the shadow of the King.
|U-Boat Driver, PACSman and The King survey the capsized boat.|
|The Boat returns to its home with a new outlook on life.|
The big roll is complete. Theend is almost anti-climactic. The Builder breathes a sigh of relief. Now filling, fairing, fiberglassing, feathering, and a lifetime of sanding await.