Monday, 24 August 2009

Covering up..................

After the spectacle of lifting the boat came the realisation we'd be putting the canopy backup, not a problem in itself ; but there's something incredibly demoralising about doing the same job twice.

Although that said we had done it once so a second time round would prove easier, even if the weather wasn't on our side. Not believing how utterly shit the weather could be within 24 hours it was good to get in the relative warm of my newly completed (temporary) cathedral.

Thoughts now turned to temporary power and lighting to make the space more practical, after a quick run to the local 'wickes' diy chain i came back with some cable, sockets and four floodlights and produced this

Having taken delivery of a new batch of west's and a load of cloth my attentions have now turned back to the remaining (port) keel which is nearing the end of its filling and fairing operation.

Just a coat of hi-build filler, some red oxide and the studs bolted in - jobs a gooden!

Sunday, 2 August 2009

"Move along please, nothing to see here."

Well friday the 25 tonne crane arrived, slightly bigger than what i'd imagined; turns out the driver hadn't been told there was two telephone cables in the way of the boat. Give him his due he got the jib between them and set up for the lift.

Needing to check the reach and that he'd have enough movement to get the boat clear of the bungalow, I was hoping to be inconspicuous but there was no chance now. After what seemed like an age the Centaur finally left her mounts and headed for the back garden.

Now for the tricky bit of flying the boat through the air over the bungalow. It hadn't occured to me how pretty a hull she has as you tend to focus on the rather boxy cabin top but was granted a view you don't often get.

I was growing less weary as the boat reached its final destination and with a bit of shoulder barging we got her sat on the cradle, interestingly the crane driver said the boat tipped the scales at 1.8 tonnes.
Considering the boat is completely stripped out, that would make the boat quite a bit more than 3 tonnes with everything back in.