Firstly we were panicking because an important piece of the shroud (the spinning thingy at the back of the boat) was missing.
A trip to the hardware store, 6' of plastic, some cutting and a rough drill job later we had a new motor cover:
|"Did we really need this much plastic?"|
|"What am I going to do with this?"|
|"This is reasonable."|
As a formality we were advised to meet the local Baranguay Captain (head of the local government) to introduce ourselves and explain our intentions.
|Showing the captain the boats|
Not only was he happy to allow us to test in his domain but he insisted on seeing the boats working. Right away.
We headed to the lake with the Baranguay Captain leading us. He walked up to a house that he knew and, moments later, they had given us permission to use the jetty out the back of their house to launch the boats.
We were to test in Barangay San Roque, Victoria:
Now our entourage reached about 20 people. They were all very eager to see the boats in the water.
To cut a long story short, the first boat test was a great success despite waves many times bigger than we had experienced in Pittsburgh. There are some photos and videos below.
|Getting ready to launch.|
|Yay! It is working!|
|Hey, don't go too close to that big boat!|
|This is magical.|
|It is rescue time.|
Stay tuned for more posts from the Philippines.
UPDATE: Extensive searches back at CMU have failed to uncover the missing pieces. It seems that they were removed from the boxes by the TSA. Whether this was by accident of for security reasons remains to be seen.