Five Sons

The assembly team had a good laugh last night after day five of putting this big boat together. The building manual suggests allowing six hours for final assembly at the water. We took six days. This amazing crew headed home last night and I got some quiet time on the brand new nets, same ones on the Americas Cup boats.

Falling asleep was easy, but by 4am the anticipation of launching overpowered sleep. The mast base got assembled at dawn.



Pretty happy with that piece, especially considering it was hunks of chop and table saw aluminum stock a few weeks back. Definitely all measure thrice, cut once, stuff.
The ‘core team’ started arriving by 8 and we were targeting the launch at 11 on the rising, near-high tide. The morning was consumed with numerous final clean up jobs and considerable angst about the building wind on the Napa River (actually more of a tidal slough at this location). This boat is SO much bigger than the F27 and we already know what a handful that is docking/trailering in higher winds.
The plan was solid, the dock lines stout, and the big crew well instructed. Carlos backed the pickup down with the beams and floats hanging free in the air, Griffin was on the ramp / in the water directing, and Mr/Mrs Carter were alone on deck (thank you, friends for giving us that moment together) to feel F36 hull #5 float for the first time. Pure magic.
Charlie skillfully commanded the line handlers to move us from the ramp to the primary side-tie dock. The wind kept building but the boat was tethered to pilings from trailer to dock and we were basically flying a big kite.
Once the dock lines were secured we could stand back and see what exactly just came to be:


Those pictures are the product of 21 years, two families with five sons admonished by their fathers to “come over to the shop and help me lift the (insert heavy things here ) for too many years. It shouldn’t take that long to build a boat, but it has to be a balance with the life going on around you. So while this was a long build requiring patience from everyone involved, we now have an adventure platform we hope you all will come help enjoy. Yes, Phillip, we have lots more to post here as the work and sailing continues.

F36 #5 plans were delivered to California in 1995. And on June 15, 2016, Ravenswing became the Carters’ sailboat. Come on out to sail this summer. Just drop us a line.

I can’t wait for stepping the mast on Monday!!!

10 thoughts on “Five Sons

    As a proud owner of an F-9AXR, I’ve been following your blog with great interest & it’s been educational & inspirational. It’s been incredible to see just how much thought & time has gone into the build.
    Now is the exciting start of your new chapter sailing this beauty…


    • Thanks John. I realize this morning I was so tired last night not so much because of physical exertion, but the huge mental relief of all the thinking about this boat construction finally drawing to a close. It’s been a big challenge to keep all these details straight. Now we’ll go see if the ideas were good or not :)


  2. Congratulations Carters, one and all, thats one fabulous trimaran you have there.

    Almost 25 since we launched and hoping your adventures and memories aboard will be as or more special than ours, Enjoy.


    • I was going to bark line handling commands from the dock, but the guys convinced me to go aboard and keep the bigger picture. So glad I got to feel her touch the water first. Very spiritual moment.


  3. Well done! Beautiful job, I wish you fair winds and safe travels.
    All the Best to you and your family.
    Ian Jones.
    sunshine Coast.


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