Thursday, 1 May 2014

Summer's on it's way


We're the proud owners of a wooden sailing boat and spend most of our summer holidays & spare time on her. Around this time every year we bring her up our local river where we can let her dry out, leaning against a quay wall. Here we can then check her hull over, give her a scrub off and re-paint with anti-fouling. Along with a good clean out & airing of her cabins.

I love the annual ritual of this. It brings with it the excitement & anticipation of a summers sailing.

Here are a few pictures of Andrew painting on a new coat of anti-fouling.


Intense concentration is obviously required.....


Standing back to admire his handiwork......


I love this one - her bow fender always makes her look as if she's smiling ....

I always smile back at her.....

                                         
                                            Sometimes I wave.....

                 
                                                                        Sad I know...........but I'm happy
               
                                                                                                              ....in my little world....



And her lovely back end.........


Sorry ......................I mean stern


Must get back into the correct terminology or I'll get frowned at.

I love all the sailing terminology and words such as 'baggywrinkle' (a soft cover to protect sails from a chaffing rope) or 'abaft' (meaning towards the stern)

and my all time favourite 'futtocks' - I'll leave you to guess the meaning of that one!



Oh alright - a futtock is a curved wooden timber that forms the interior rib of a ships hull - well you did ask!



And here we are afloat again with a clean & repainted bottom....

Hers not mine!

although mine is clean ...... obviously!

And relaxing after a job well done