I think the pictures should do most of the talking.
This week is the final push. Basically I had my last day in the Air Force, had to finish building the boat, and get my place ready to sell. The boat took priority for me. Luckily, Amateur-Sophist came into town for a relaxing week/vacation. Obviously, he ended up taking the completely full gas tank out of the Buick to find a shitty bit of wiring on my part... So, his easy vacation became a working one.
Long into the night.
Things eventually got finished enough that it was time for sea trials under sail. So after a short ceremony, she was rolled back down the road and across the street into the Gulf of Mexico.
Right into the water... with a little set up. The plan was to slowly test and add sails as we figured how it worked. Increasing the amount of sail in a controlled and reasonable way. At first that worked fine. The Mermaid was sailing along just fine under only the foresail. Just as we were getting things under control, a gust of wind came and unfurled the Main. Boom! And just like that she was a full on schooner!