I haven't written much about Matilda Emily since her launch last March, what with one thing and another we didn't actually get around to sailing her that much last season and with a major building project under way since the start of the year she's been a little neglected.
With a fine weekend in prospect and Joseph and mum going off to the theatre for a birthday treat I took the opportunity to give her a scrub and general clean up.
It was the smallest neap tide of the year so I was a little heart in mouth approaching the scrubbing bay at the RAFYC, I shouldn't have worried, the gauge is measured from the very top of the scrubbing bay where it meets the wall and there was ample water, plus I had the scrubbing dock to myself, just one of the advantages of lifting keel, shallow draft.
Time was a little tight between the water going out, pressure washing and getting the hull dry enough for a coat of anti foul, but with the tide lapping back in around my ankles I got the last paint on and the masking tape off.
Even with a neap tide we floated off more than two hours before HW and Matilda Emily was back on her mooring, ready for the season.
Fingers crossed for some good weather.
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