|This is Malcolm. Sticking his hands in 3C water doesn't seem to bother him.|
|These plastic, Lego-like dock blocks only work when secured by chains left in over the winter.|
|And like many manly things, one man works while three or four give helpful advice. Photo (c) C. Lahmer.|
Because members of the Mooring Committee value thrift, we tend to opt for the rough-hewn fix over the buffed manufactured product. This is a removable vise and "tire hook" that can be mounted on the door of the work boat, Storm King. It makes it easier to secure a length of mooring chain to replace or mouse or tag a shackle, and keeps the actual "hands in freezing water" time a touch more manageable.
|Keeping hands out of the water is key to keeping volunteers on the Mooring Committee, studies have concluded.|
It's all in a day's work, as was yesterday's 2014 Club Boat Launch. Always a mixture of excitement (the sailing season is starting!) and dread (will it float? Will it start? Will it plummet off the slings and end up on YouTube?), a boat club's launch and haulout weekends can run the gamut of emotions, lapsed safety procedures and very marginal weather.
|Last year's "Horrible Haulout" argued for a relocation of the "sling marks". Yr humble skipper did that prior to the Big Lift.|
Well, it was mercifully merely chilly, and only fractionally rainy and windy, and my driving of a safety boat for the half of the club that gets launched onto the south side (as dictated by the reach of the cranes) went off relatively smoothly, being only spottily damp and hardly breezy, although our low profile may have helped us here.
|Your correspondent and the redoubtable Malcolm, allegedly on duty to pull your clumsy |
|Somewhere down here, there is just enough of a gap to push a sling through.|
Due to the inexplicable absence of "sling notes" from the previous episode of steel boat suspension, there was a minor amount of futzing about to locate the right space through which to pass the aft sling. Mrs. Alchemy, being younger and considerably more compact than your correspondent, was a good fit for the dirty work.
|Like threading a needle with thread that can support 25 tonnes.|
|The old fenders didn't look so grubby until I got the God Balls.|
|If this happens at sea, reduce sail. Note the cinch belt just above the staboard rail.|
|Like many a fine lady, some might say her stern is her best side.|
|Oh, there are some pushers. I always look for unexpected bubbles at this stage. None observed.|
|Nothing says "WORKING VESSEL" like a green plastic deck chair, I think. Photo (c) C. Lahmer.|
|Is it time to retire the very grubby "lucky mermaid"? Maybe to the interior of the boat, perhaps.|