HUGE day today! After spending a good portion of the day at the Fountaine Pajot factory yesterday, we got up early and arrived at the factory at 8 am. This was a bit like prom, or a LOT like a new baby. We had 4 iphones, 1 ipad, a camera, and a go pro all snapping away. So much footage!
The truck has a hydraulic lift on it (actually two) plus a generator. One lift takes the boat up, and the other tilts it (which is really scary to watch). From the factory, the truck was escorted by 2 motorcycles and 2 vans. One van and the motorcycles were out in front. The motorcycles stopped traffic, while the first van led the way. The second van was in the back, and careened all over the road, checking both sides of the boat to make sure it was clear of obstacles. Most of the road was just two lanes, so incoming traffic pulled all the way over into the grass/ditch to let us through. We followed the whole way behind, watching in fascination as Starry Horizons was lifted up and tilted over to dodge everything.
We arrived at the La Rochelle Port at about 12. There we found our mast, boom, sails, life raft, and dingy waiting for us.
It was a great but exhausting day. I hope you are satisfied with this small sampling of the 100s of photos we took, but if not, have no fear because David is going to work on a video!
We are out for dinner tonight with Jan & Brian. They leave tomorrow for Paris, and then back to the states on the 31st. What will we do after they leave? Hm….I think visit Starry Horizons EVERY DAY!