Monday, June 18, 2012

Quest's Annual Bath and Haircut


This is what happens if you don't sail enough! Quest has been idle since December.
Last scrub was in about October 2011. Yuck.


In this case nothing that couldn't be fixed with a day off, a high-pressure hose and a can of anti-fouling. This job was done by yours truly at the Hout Bay Boatyard. I was lifted out at 9 am and back in the water at 3pm on a nice sunny Friday. In winter the boatyard is quiet, the boat was left in the slings of the travel-lift. Its a very convenient height to work at. The winter special that they offer costs R1368 for an in-out on the same day. If you fancy doing your own cleaning job, take a decent high-pressure hose, a tall step-ladder (if you want to climb aboard), a scraper, a can of anti-fouling, rollers and brushes, rags, lacquer thinners, some plastic sheeting to catch drips, a scraper, a small plastic step, a hosepipe with end-fittings, an extension lead, some sandwiches and beer, and a camera. Ah - and also an electric drill with a paint-stirrer - the anti-fouling needs a good stirring. And remember to have 4 x 6m lines on your boat for handling at the travel-lift - two aft and two on the bow. If you want to replace anodes, take them as well with suitable screws and things. If there is other work to do, rather arrange to go onto a cradle for a few days - it does cost more though . . . .

Melanie (admin) answers the phone at the Hout Bay Boatyard - Warren is the yard manager - 021 790 5624. Boats with deep draughts may be subject to tidal restrictions on the day.
Good luck!