It was already evening when we were done. Our mood was still not the best, it was much like the weather - grey and depressed.
Next morning we were up before 7, both too nervous to keep on sleeping. Before splashing we sanded the coppercoat some more to make sure it is activated properly. And couple of minutes after 9 there it was - the big moment. Heron was lowered into the water again and HURRAY! No leaking! We were so happy. We motored the boat into her berth and secured it. And then it was time for breakfast.
I have always had a great respect of my Captain's technical abilities and his relentless optimism and willpower to tackle any problem on the boat, but I was specially impressed with his mastering the Volvo seal replacement. It must have been one of his masterpieces.