I won’t complain about giving the car a wash again. I now have our boat out of the water and cleaning her.
Moving Miss Catana
The reason we were taking our boat out of the water was to install two new sea outlets, one for the watermaker and a second for the saltwater pump. At the same time we thought we may as well give her a good scrub, repaint and check the condition of the boat underneath.
I did favour Catana Yard moving the boat out of the water, as they do this on a weekly basis but as they were double the price, we decided we would risk it with the Port authority. The two port authority men in charge of the process appeared to take great care with our boat and were calm and professional. They were very good. (Phew)
The lifting out procedure was unlike most boats which are brought out of the water via a huge box like crane and two slings, our boat was removed by a tractor with a special hydraulic lift that moved under the boat and lifted her onto 4 big pads. No ropes, nothing to tie her down she was perfectly balanced to move along the public road for 600 metres until she reached the “hard yard”.
We estimate about 600m at a slow walking speed was the distance our boat travelled from the water to its resting place. When your vehicle is the biggest and widest on the road everyone else gets out of your way so this was fine by us.
The waiting traffic were not so pleased. (A random observation of French is that they are so patient in queues whilst shopping yet when in a car they are crazy. Most drivers go fast and overtaking at anytime seems ok.)
We arrived safely.
Captain had his “go go gadget inspector eyes on” and his teacher’s stance as he inspected the hull. After our anchoring incident he was worried about the dagger boards. They were fine.
This is how the Port Authority guys tested to see if the boat was stable. They both hung from a side and if the boat doesn’t fall off it’s perch it’s stable. It’s called the monkey manoeuver. I thought our boat looked vulnerable sitting on two little towers of timber, the monkey move was in truth a heart stopping moment which I did not appreciate until it was over.
Our boat has been in the water 7 months, I was keen to have a look at the underbelly.
The paint wasn’t too bad. The propellors in comparison came as a shock to me. First I had never heard or seen an anode and did not understand the concept. Seeing the metal eaten away was quite shocking. I had the same physical reaction looking at these propellers as I did the first time I saw head lice on a child. My head started itching I was grossed out.
It was only when the Captain told me that’s the role of the anodes at the start and middle, to actually corrode so the brass propeller is protected did I feel better. Still there wasn’t much left really for so little time in the water.
I was astounded, the sea is a harsh environment to have your home on.
It was my job to Karcher on day one and then day two, three and four I painted. It took me all day to high pressure wash the boat down, the same amount of time was needed for the Captain to dismantle the propellers, clean and replace anodes. While I painted the Captain scrubbed all the stainless steel, cleaned the fiberglass and wiped every surface down. The Miss Catana was gleaming when it was time to put her back in her natural environment.
Over the years we have done hundreds of hours of painting but there is always new things to learn. Toulee showed me that you paint from the bottom up so the paint doesn’t splatter on the floor. When each can is $400 and you only have three cans any waste is not good, so I was grateful for the lesson.
Highlights Of The Process
Meeting different cruise owners who were also working hard to get the work done so they could be on the water asap.
One evening watching the storm coming across then see it move in the opposite direction. The strong wind on the boat was similar to being in a plane and having turbulence. Knowing our boat was balanced via a monkey move, I was pleased the wind only got to 22 knots.
Having a different view. A two storey view that was a nice change from the Catana backyard.
Seeing the end result of three days solid work and being able to get four coats of paint on the hull. It was a good job well done. The Miss and her Captain were happy.
When Our Neighbour Arrived It Showed Me There Is Always Hope
First look she didn’t seem too bad
Then I took a second look!
Then a third closer look.
I have to admit this boat made my day, it gave me a good giggle with the owner and then anytime I felt tired whilst cleaning, I just looked across the way and thought my day wasn’t so bad after all.
Our boat took 4 days to clean and paint, our neighbours took 7 but both looked good as new when done.
The next weekend we shared drinks with the couple from the above boat, when we both stayed overnight at Collioure. They did not speak much English but my French got better as the night progressed. Strangely as the Captain drank more rum he started speaking a new form of Spanish that no-one else understood. A fun night of culture sharing. OOOO LAY