A retrospective from haul-out 2015. A bit trickier than usual since we took the engine out last week.
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Looking back on the season of 2013, there is not a whole lot of action to fill the log book. We bought and renovated a house in the spring, replaced all of Indy’s windows which delayed the launch, played and wiped down a new baby, and then toward the end of the season, spent a full month repairing and cleaning a unit that had been trashed by a tenant. Not a lot of time for sailing. With the temperature dipping below zero at night, and only three boats left in the marina, it was time to haul out.
This is was our first season at the Dobson Yacht Club, moving there after having lost the Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club to fire, and other than the greater distance from our front door, we were pretty happy with that club.
Up until now, every time Indy had to get put in or taken out, it had been by book truck. And other than the queasy feeling you get when your boat is 15′ in the air, it seemed pretty quick and easy. The DYC has what’s called a travel lift. This is a large contraption that lifts your boat out of the water, and then drives to the location where it is to be set down.
It was just before 9am Saturday morning when I met our operator, Robert E, and we went over the game plan. I was to take Indy out of the marina, then back in to the welcoming straps of the travel lift before the plucking. I know it sat idle for a month but our embarrassingly old (1971) outboard was making be nervous. It always takes a minute for water to start coming through the exhaust and ‘pee-hole’, also quiet a bit of white smoke as well, although that could be attributed to too much oil in the mix.
I managed to finagle her into place and up she came, on a slight tilt. The main aspect that, in my opinion, puts the boom truck ahead of the travel lift, is setting the boat down. With the boom truck, the boat can be adjusted with a finger to make sure it rests on the trailer perfectly. The Travel lift requires that the boat trailer be backed under it perfectly. I made several attempts but eventually relinquished the controls to my father whose truck was generously loaned to me for this endeavour. He did it perfectly, first try. That guy could refuel CF-18s .
After some final coaxing, it was snug and we were off. I made it about 1km down the road when I realized I neglected to remove the rudder which was now scaring motorists behind me.
The final test in any haul out expedition is backing the trailer into my driveway. Living downtown Sydney, there is not a whole lot of room to play with. But very slowly, she was tucked in, and now sits collecting the fall leaves under and adolescent elm tree in the back yard.