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2015-05-06

When the boat moves on land

One of several places I could fix if I can colour-match the 42-year-old gelcoat well enough.
Aside from this easily remedied scratch picked up recently, my winter quarters for the for-sale boat off Cherry Street are generally uneventful and safe: the snow buries the cockpit and the nearby recycling plant coats the decks in grime, but the price is, for Toronto, as reasonable as it gets.

The custom bow roller seems to suit the boat. It's a rare sight on a Viking 33.
But I prefer being on the water, naturally. The old girl looked nice this morning. The lines looping down are for positioning the boat once in the slings.
Enter Uli and Clayton, the only hands on deck at "Pier 35". They can do this stuff in their sleep, although awake is better.
Enter "God's Chip Fork": the hydraulically powered trailer that lifts up the cradle, baby and all.
The boats are packed so tightly (space equals money in the boat stowage business) that a very fine sense of geometry and navigation as applied to elderly forklifts is required.
Mad skills!
 The wiggle room...literally, as the little forklift has to canter back and forth in the brief video below...can be snug. This is actually one of the easier extractions I've seen.


Push it or pull it, it makes no difference.
 There's no pictures of the crane action today, as I apparently have the Pier 35 "can be trusted not to make things worse" seal of approval and I was helping to move the impressively butch hooks and slings to speed the process along.
Yes, I retrieve ladder, cradle pads and my bike in one go.
 The engine once again started with little hesitation, and I loaded up my cradle pads (they are easy to steal and hard to have made when you notice they are stolen about 30 seconds before you need them) and slowly chugged the couple of NMs back to Base Dock.
Farewell, filthy yet secure boatyard! I may not see you again if I can sell this boat!
As the photos and glassy waters suggest, a marginal day for sailing is a great day for launching and motoring. I've never done this boat point to point so rapidly and with so little fuss. Which is nice.
Back, tied off and charging. Harmony has been restored. Except for the power washing bit.
And, with the mast already in (although I need to tune and replace some cotter pins and rings), I may be able to squeeze in some nice chilly sails this week. Or to give people boat rides. All you have to do is "hold this" when I say "hold this".

2 comments:

Robert Salnick said...

Surely there is a fiberglas/resin dealer in your area that will do a custom gelcoat match for you...

See http://windborneinpugetsound.blogspot.com/2015/04/i-wonder-if-you-knew.html

Rhys said...

Possibly, and I am enough of a photographer/graphic designer to think of a good way to do it with a camera to get the right shade and then compare it to a Pantone value.

Thanks for the link and the patronage!