Drying out

The adventures of Skipper Splodge and mack
Ian Cheek
Wed 12 May 2010 07:16
Couldn't have asked for a better day, northerly winds giving a flat sea in the sheltered bay, and the sun out. Hopco 2 took the ground at 0900, gently kissing the sand with her keels. The water ebbed away, and she had a little lean to starboard as the sand sand took her weight.
The 3 black ball were hoisted
The hull was surprisingly clean, a lot cleaner than I had expected, so a big Thanks to International Paints, their Cruiser Uno, had not just done it's job for last season, but was still doing it this season.
The two stuck blakes seacock's were serviced, and with no other hull work that needed doing the rest of the day was spent with general boat pottering.
The tide did go a long way out, I was confident about my calculations. but did wonder if the sea would come back in. I'd walked the anchor out so if there were to be any problems I could kedge her out. The water did as expected come back in. Hopco 2 started to float about 1800, the northerly wind helped blower her into deep water as the anchor came back in, all tided up in the marina by 1830.

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