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Old 06-09-2008, 16:53   #16
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Originally Posted by silver heels View Post

I'm driving down to Pensacola tomorrow to be the first in line on Monday to be hauled. Pensacola Shipyard will usually haul until hurricane enters gulf.

When our catamaran was built in France, they installed four lifting points on the deck that were through bolted to chainplates in structural bulkheads. All that was required to lift Exit Only onto the shore was four chains that are thirty feet long, and a crane that can lift ten tons.

I knew that I would sail around the world in Exit Only, and I had those lifting points installed so that we could be lifted out of the water in remote locations. Many smallish islands have cranes that are large enough to lift us in an emergency. Those lifting chainplates were part of our ultimate survival strategy.

I have been lifted with those chainplates at least four times. They cost a couple of thousand dollars to install, but I felt they were worth the investment.

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Old 07-09-2008, 15:25   #17
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We're currently hauled out in Pensacola too. We're going to have some botom work and hull painting done while we're here.

I don't know how safe the boat will be if Ike comes this way at a Cat 4 or 5. There are a lot of other boats here too.

We used to head up the Ten-Tom and stay there for the duration, but with fuels costs now . . .

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