|Ready for launch and surrounded by other boats|
Having established that her new PSS Shaft Seal is, so far, dripless as advetised, I put Alchemy restoration aside last Tuesday to launch Valiente, the other half of my Swiss Navy-sized fleet.
|All things considered, not bad for a 40-year-old: a real Boat I Like to Sail|
The collision of appalling, barely spring-like weather and its affect on finishing a bunch of needful tasks to make Alchemy watertight for its own launch postponed dealing with Valiente far longer than I had hoped: I could have sailed into our summer berth April 15th instead of 17 days later...hell, the bottom paint was done on April 9th...but I suppose it could be worse: it could be snowing.
|An old-school stuffing box will remain on Valiente, as you can't clap a PSS on a direct-drive Atomic 4|
|Like threading a ten-ton needle|
|The hydraulics are pressurized by yet another small Honda motor. It looks like it's off a lawnmower.|
The entire cradle is raised off cinder blocks, only a few inches or so, and is pulled free.
|And that's why I don't lower the fenders.|
Here you can just make out that the pulpit of one boat is brushing at my aft port lifering as Valiente is hauled out of the crowd. It is not an exaggeration to say I've seen boats pass within one inch/2.5 cm of each other. The economics of boat storage depend on close quartering.
|Not seen: The wind had picked up a bit and my stern swung alarmingly close to that shrink-wrap|
|The first duty...look for water coming in where it shoudn't be.|
|That ladder will be shortly replaced by a mast|