So you might think that by living in the north and as winter slowly approaches us, there would be plenty of time to write another blog entry? This is partially true, but it still seems that time flies by and we lose track of time. In my last blog entry, I had mentioned that I had headed down to our sailing boat, BlueTale, to have some work and upgrades done by Blackline Marine just outside of Sidney, BC in Canoe Cove. I took BlueTale over on October 7th and made arrangements with Brent of Blackline Marine to meet on Tuesday, October 8th and go over the ‘plan’ of what needed to be worked on.
I met with Brent early in the morning and we went over the list of items that I wanted him to check over while the boat is on the hard. The biggest project was to have the mast pulled, sanded, cleaned, and repainted, and upgrade our tri-lite, strobe, windex, and deck light (all of which were aged-out/not functioning). Have all the standing rigging and whisker stays replaced, and have them inspect and if needed, replace the seacocks (we couldn’t close them this summer). Blackline used their new travel-lift to pull BlueTale out of the water and put her on the hard. It was scary to see her come out of the water and be removed from her element, but had to happen if we wanted the repairs to be done!
Later in the morning, after the boat was pulled and the bottom cleaned, Brent and I went over the remainder of the list of other things that needed to be done. I also decided to run the halyards into the mast, so we’ll see how works out once she’s back in the water. I hung around and helped them pull the running rigging & booms, etc. and watched the mast get pulled. Cool to watch, and of course who wouldn’t want to have their own personal crane to hang around in? – Rob