Yesterday was the first time Thistle hull #16 has been in the water in 15 years. After a complete restoration, she's showing her full colors.
Hull number sixteen was built in the first year of Thistle manufacture in 1946 and is registered from 1947.
63 three years young!
Doryman celebrated his triumph with a nine mile single-handed run up the Yaquina river.
The Thistle is a very nimble boat and quite a handful for a solo sailor. Luckily the winds were light, about 10 miles per hour, with puffs. There was one accidental gybe where the boom caught Doryman's PFD from behind and tried to throw him overboard, like a puppet. But the real thrill was lifting Sweet Sixteen up on a plane (twice!).
The nine mile trip took just under two hours.