What a weekend.
We hauled Wind
Wanderer on Friday. We used the biggest lift
on the lake, a 40 ton travel lift
at Marmong point, and it just coped. We're 30 ton but it was the distribution. We were maxed out at 20 ton on the forward sling.
At 65ft tip to tip we're the biggest boat
they've ever done, which they only told us afterwards!
By 3pm (4 hours later) we'd pressure cleaned and were in a cradle
, with an inch to spare each side. Sandy and I scraped the persistent Schwarzenegger barnacles
off and we got half the port side spot primed before yard lockout at 5pm.
Next morning we were there at 8am opening and by 10:30 we had completed the priming and I started mask taping. 1:30 we started rolling on the antifoul, with our power
Bek and Power Anthony. We had the first coat on by 4pm and called it a day.
This morning we were there at 9 and had the use of Power Tim and Power Craig too. I got an extra coat around the waterline while the others changed anodes, did brush work
and sanded and coated the prop with a product we're trialing. It's still at R and D stage but it's supposed to be like Prop Speed, so we'll see how long it lasts.
Then the nightmare. 15 Litres wasn't going to make it and the nearest place that had more was an hour away. I got them to hold it and jumped in the car (12 noon). On the way I ran into a storm heading toward the yard. Trees down and delays while they were cut away, but I got the paint
and was back at the yard just ahead of the storm.
We moved into high gear
and 4 of us had the last coat on in 35 minutes, and it was done properly too.
Masking tape off and last coat skinned as the first drops started.
Three hard days and a saving of $2500 on the yard quote, excluding masseurs, pain killers and therapeutic alcohol. Family
may not talk to us for a few days, but they still have to love us.
We had a stream of lookers stopping by to talk. Apparently the consensus is that we're living the dream!
Are you kidding me?
Or were they blind?
I guess it beats working