Saturday, October 16, 2010

KORALIA 3 , HAULED AND CRADLED..

Friday saw an early start as we had plans to get K3 to the 'haul out dock' by 0930hrs. Like all good things in greece plans get a little delayed and despite the fact we where on time... the crane operators and haul out crew where a little delayed.  So we adapted the classic  hurray up and wait mode... patience is something you learn quickly in greece... it was a pleasant morning the first real sunshine we have had all week after  all the clouds and rain that we have had this week. Stammas (the Crane operator) and the boys finally showed up and we where under way.. Crane fired up and lifting straps placed under the hull.. final check to make sure nothing was forgotten.. speed log pulled, all though hulls open.. ok lift away.... Out of the water she came, pretty clean on the hull too, a little green slime on the starboard boot striping, some fur slime starting to grow on the rudder, otherwise clean as a whistle... quick guys power clean her off and lets roll again for another season.... I think not !! In Alimos marina they pick yachts up with a 50 ton crane, transport them to a cradle on wheels and then drive them a short diatance to the yard where they pick the yacht up again and place it in the cradle for the winter... not the most efficient way of doing things but given that there is not a travel lift area and the confined space they have to work with... it all seems to work well. So whats next... K3 in her cradle for winter service and maintenance... we have to prepare the masts for withdrawl and inspection at the end of the month. Along with getting 'Calypso' out of the water as well, all that is scheduled for the end of the month. Meantime the skipper and crew will be taking a week or so off, well working at half speed any way... Here is a short video of the whole event...  enjoy.. more later..

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