Adeline - the boat 2015 - Page 2
Finally! The actual Adeline during sea trials in Olympia, Washington. Sam Devlin at the helm.
On May 15th, I set out from Portsmouth, NH for the West
Coast. Five days later, I arrived in Olympia, WA just in
time for the splash of our new Adeline.
Happily, she floated perfectly on her lines, and she went on
to perform flawlessly. I was impressed with the quietness
of the 115-HP Merc as well as the speed and handling. We
saw speeds of 37 mph, and in turns she banked beautifully
- just like a plane in a perfectly-coordinated turn.
First launch. No champagne - but Sam did offer his blessing!.
Sam Devlin at the helm. Me, a happy crew-member.
The synthetic teak flooring was an unexpected surprise!
Driving west I was surprised to see 80-mph speed
limits - in South Dakota, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming.
This certainly helps to speed you through some of
those long, open sections of the high plains.
80-mph speed-limit sign along a bleak strech of SD hwy.
Dinosaurs rule! At a Sinclair station near Rapid City, SD.
Since I was so close, I decided to check out Mt. Rushmore
- a mere 28 miles from Rapid City, SD.
A rare profile view of Mr. Washington.
Mt. Rushmore - as seen from the public road.
(I was too cheap to pay the $11 parking fee!)
Adeline looking small at the One-Tree Marina in Olympia, WA
Sam Devlin's home office near Olympia. It looked to me
like a landlocked barge - in a gorgeous woodland setting!
After a couple days in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, we
loaded the Adeline onto her trailer and prepared for the
3,250-mile trip East. Our trusty 2008 Toyota Highlander
has a rated towing capacity of 2000 lbs. I believe this rig is
closer to 3000 - but I'm happy to report that she towed
beautifully all the way back to NH - although gas milage
dropped (from 24) to about 15 mpg.
Adeline - ready to roll!
Not quite as long as a big rig!
While in Olympia, Sam
gave me a large file of
build-photos for the
Adeline dating back to
November 2014. It
made me realize just
how much labor goes
into a boat like this! If
you're interested, I've
posted a few Adeline
Build Photos here.
Back home at our house in Portsmouth, NH
First outing in New Hampshire... Here we're docked at the Portsmouth Prescott
Park Docks. In the background (across the Piscataqua R.) is the Portsmouth Naval
Shipyard - actually located in Kittery, Maine. (See photo comparison at bottom of
page showing the original Pelicano 18 vs. our new Pelicano 20, Adeline.)
|. Links to our PDQ Powercat "Sno' Dog" pages...
|Instead of showing the boat as
oringinally planned at the Maine
Boatbuilders Show in Portland, ME
(which we missed by about two
months), we agreed to take the
Adeline to the Wooden Boat Show
in Mystic, CT.
On the way south we picked up
Sam and his wife, Soitza at the
airport in Boston. Arriving at the
Mystic Seaport, we launched the
Adeline and readied her for viewing.
See photos on Adeline - Page 3.
|. How does Photoshopped Adeline
. compare to the real thing???
. See photo below, or click here.
A photo-comparison of 1) the original Pelicano 18, 2) my Photoshopped
image for our Pelicano 20 and 3) The actual Pelicano 20, Adeline. Most
noticeable is that the windshield appears a bit lower on the actual boat
in proportion to the boat size. (This also meant that the Canvas top
had to be quite a bit taller to allow standing headroom - as can be seen
in the photo above left.) Click on photo for larger view.