Yesterday Mowzer settled into her new home for the next couple of months and here's how it all went down.
We were booked in for an 8am lift. Prior to lift day, we had removed both mainsail and genoa since all sails (excluding in-mast or in-boom furling) must be removed. The water maker was pickled and we had moved round to Woburn from Mt. Hartman the night before to be a little bit closer in the morning. As I started to hail the boatyard on the VHF radio a dinghy pulled up alongside us in the anchorage. "Don't worry," says Henry, "they're already here!"
This was just the beginning of a very attentive and detail-oriented lift.
|Pulling into the slip where The Hulk, a 242 ton travel lift is waiting to pluck us up out of the water.|
|The lift straps are carefully positioned under the boat with not one, but two divers in the water to make sure they are placed correctly.|
|A super smooth lift and there is Mowzer hanging in the straps. My what a dirty bottom she has!|
|With two pressure washers in action the guys set to work to removed all the marine growth.|
|All clean now and very evident that our bottom paint is DONE.|
|A major disappointment of the day, we have quite a few blisters despite a repair three years ago.|
|Here's a conundrum: our boat is so small that the cradle hardware can't fit under the boat.|
|The lads put their heads together and solved the problem.|
|Mowzer, transferred to the towing cradle and making her way into the storage yard.|
|It's a snug fit. With some expert driving and manipulation of the hydraulic trailer she was slipped into her preassigned and measured spot.|
|We can actually see the water from our spot in the yard, and catch a little bit of wind in the cockpit which is a welcome relief.|
Thanks to the wonderful and welcoming staff at Clarke's Court for an uneventful morning.