13:50 UTC 3 May 2008: Eric and company (Patrick, Bosun... several people all bundled up so I still need to verify who all was out there handling lines) got Float 47 back on board without any hitches that I could see. Yay! Now we can head back to Float 48 and the gliders (and Checkley's float) to get started on the calibration casts and surveys.
It's 13:15 UTC, wind's picking up (34kt?), waves are maybe 10ft, and the bridge says they've got the float visually. Eric Rehm, Kyle the Bosun, Kevin (from Lampitt's group) are on deck to pick her up, and several others of the crew and science team are available for lending an extra hand or commentary, depending on how well it goes.