Wednesday 7 April 2010

Back in the Water

It’s that time of year, the yard wanted to make the most of a big spring tide to launch as many boats as possible before the Easter weekend, the challenge was to get Greta rigged and ready.

So it was out with the yellow trolley and two trips down to the yard, one to take the main mast and the second with the mizzen, booms, gaff and bowsprit. I worked out that from garage to boat was about half a mile each trip, it was hard work, who needs to go to the gym.

The unsettled weather didn’t help too much, I had just got the bowsprit on and set up the roller furling, when it poured down, so we were forced to retreat to the Jolly Sailor for a couple of hours and lunch. Fortunately the only outstanding task was to fit the batteries and start the engine, which after the rain, plus a few coughs, started nicely despite being idle all winter.

Joe came along to help out; as you can see the cabin needs a serious sort out after being used as a winter store, but at least Greta is now afloat and almost ready for a sail as soon as the good weather arrives.

Greta looking trim and ready for the season, but check out the lovely blue day boat, built as a one off in Devon to an unknown design.

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