What could be more appropriate for an October 31st post than to list the horrors of hauling out? As I write, there's a warning of a 45-knot (gusting 60) gale that's supposed to lash Toronto while I am herding a bunch of Halloweenies on a search for sugar. And I still have a boat in the water.But first, the equally windy tale of the boat that is not still afloat.
|Every baby needs a cradle.|
|Funny, this worked in the spring...|
|No one looks happy, a bit of a theme in a cold gale.|
Eventually, air got under the boat...
|This will change yet again when I shift that load of lead "trim" out of the bow.|
|Note the "cinch belt" keeping the slings from sliding around and terrifying the villagers.|
|Most of this will in fact dry up and flake off. Or I will fix the power washer which has blown a gasket.|
|What big fenders you've got!|
|And out of focus.|
|Not present...the 20 foot surge over the end of the runway at Future Boat Club Killer Airport.|
|Whoops. Time for a brushdown.|
|Dermabrasion, steel boat style|
|Boom lashed, tiller lashed, bimini lashed and boom pointed at direction of gale.|
|Bow lines doubled.|
|Doubled springs and stern lines and reposition big ol' fenders.|
|Midship spring and doubled bow lines to port.|
|We'll see if she's still there on Sunday. I would think so.|
|Not seen: the actual sailboat sailing in the south-eastern part of the harbour. Looked nice.|
Behold a rare video, taken by boat partner Clive. It is very boring, except for the fact that it demonstrates how slowly one should move when tugging four and half tons of sloop.
|Blurry because it was very much dusk at this point. She's pointed more or less into the wind for a change.|