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The lovely Lara from Swallow Yachts (the one who really runs the place) sent me a photo today of Riff Raff afloat. These days, those cunning people at Swallow Yachts make sure that their boats actually float before entrusting them to their future owners. It’s probably called the f(onp)t* or some such wizzy quality system** acronym. No doubt it’s all written down in the build instructions. Somewhere it will be recorded and I’ll be presented with a suitable print out showing the length of time she was afloat, the amount of water ingress and whether or not this met the specified maximum leakage rate. This will, of course, be included with the signed off build certificate, warranty card and owners manual………I notice the sheep weren’t particularly interested.
This is all very well and fitting for the 21st Century but it leaves open to doubt whether or not this test qualifies as the launch? This is serious stuff. If it does, will the certificate show that appropriate libations were made to Neptune, or is he now gritting his teeth in anger, grabbing his trident (or whatever) and getting ready to launch a flight of vengeful winds and wet fish at her next time she floats into his domain?
On the other hand, she is not yet showing a name, so perhaps he might not recognise her next time.***
I’ll let you know.
*Floats (Owner not Present) Test
** a process whereby a bookfull of written instructions result in the completion of a 25 page checklist confirming that the boat has been built in accordance with the instructions, whether or not same instuctions are correct.
*** Fat chance of that, I thought gods were meant to be all seeing etc etc.