This picture shows me skimming by the area where we launched the craft.
|The run was farely short. I ran down from the launch site a little ways and turned around
where I am when this picture was taken.|
|And then I'd run up past the launch site under a bridge a little ways past where these pictures were taken, turn around and head back down.|
|Looks like I'm having fun huh? Well, after a couple of runs, I came up over a little section
of rapids and around the corner towards the bridge where I kinda lost control and hit the
bridge pillar (the one on the left in the pictures above). Sorry, suffered too much mental
trauma to record that part. The 12R got a crunched starboard bow corner and the lift engine
sheared off and would have sunk in the river if not for the duct guard and battery cables.|
About 20 hours of reconstruction later, the craft was stronger and better than new and ready for another adventure.
|So, in June of 1999 after the reconstruction, I went out on a little lake near
(30 miles away, actually) my house called Highline Reservoir. The lake wasn't terribly
crowded that day but there was a fair amount of wind. Because
the ramp area was pretty small and with me being a novice, I had a little trouble lining up
with the dock to go up the ramp.|
In this picture, I'm putting around in displacement mode (no lift air) so that I wasn't affected so much by the breeze while attempting to approach the dock.
|Here I am buzzing around out on the lake.|
|This is a zoomed-in view of me from the picture above.|
All in all, it was a good trip except for a few inconveniences such as a very fine dust that was around the ramp parking area that made hovering between the trailer and the ramp a very dirty affair. Bystanders didn't seem to like it either when the wind blew the cloud in their direction.
I have since outfitted my trailer with a winch that allows me to load and unload the craft quickly by myself so that I can theoretically back the trailer to the water and launch and load the craft like a boat thus avoiding dusty parking areas.