Friday 1st June 2012Haulout Day - Mackay
Still raining on and off throughout the days and nights – less wind
|In the slings|
MrJ picked a good morning to make the haulout; the wind has dropped considerably and is more easterly which made the manoeuvrer of AR into the haulout slings much easier if not a tad on the fast side with wind and tide. Shelly and Ric and their friend Wayne were on board to lend a hand and the fellers from the yard were at their best, as usual.
|Up in the air|
|The wash down|
The helping crew went home to start their days work on Neriki and MrJ and I went to the cafe to hastily gobble down a cheese and bacon burger for breakfast. When we arrived back in the yard AR was being set down in her “spot”. Good timing?
It was raining again and my first job once the ladder had been put up to enable MrJ and I to climb up to our “out of the water” home was to put the side covers down and then put some old towels on the back steps and along the back deck to try and keep the black yard dirt out. It doesn’t really work that well but one has to try. Next I hung up the wet jackets, other towels and things; everything was so wet and I hate wet feet or wet things left lying around. I packed up the good floor mats, inside too, into the washing bags and replaced them with old towels. Tomorrows washing!
MrJ had already gathered up all his bits and pieces to start the rubbing back of AR’s hulls and was busy at work. My next job was to cart some bits of wood, blocks and planks, to make a couple of small table benches under AR. I also roll a rather heavy block of wood over to be used as a seat when doing those low jobs. I was the first to use my wooden seat, to sit and scrub and sand back both props. I don’t know which job is more back breaking, leaning into the sanding using the long pole apparatus or sitting and leaning forward. No good complaining, the job has to be done!
|Ben and MrJ|
Will tell you another time what it is like living in a work yard.