If anyone ever approached you and says,"We have three days of really good weather coming up. I think we can pull the boat out of the water, clean and anti-foul her. What do you think? Want to help? Shouldn't be too much work." Ladies and gentlemen, JUST.... SAY.... NO....!!!
That being said, I had one of the more educational experiences as far as boats are concerned about 2 weeks ago. I was amazed at how easily a 40 tonne boat was hoisted out of the water, and how dirty you could possibly get cleaning a hull. Plus, as soon as your boat comes out of the water, the weather no longer want to co-operate. Here are a few pictures:
As we approached I begin to wonder how this was going to happen...
|Full on the sling...|
|The yard boys hard at work.|
|Providence settled on the stands for a quick anti-foul.|
|The color of my hand and the paint chips on my chest are after 10 minutes.|
|Clean bum, anti-foul, touch-ups, and coating for the prop... Check|
|Last minute coating|
All said and done, we managed replacing all the batteries, sea cocks, scraping, sanding, anti-fouling, cleaning raw water intakes and having a few beers in three days. Not including the crazy rain storms that would come through for an hour at a time every three hours. Oh, and I got to live in a boat yard. After all my home was on the hard.... What an adventure... Not to be repeated till next year!!!