I left my last post saying that I was saving these pictures for a stand alone post, and you will see why as you read on.
So today was the day we checked out of Mount Cinnamon Hotel and the day we launched the boat (Ripples 2).
We arrived at the boat yard at around 10:30am and chatted with the staff about what time our Ripples was to be launched. There was still some work that needed to be done before we could launch the boat, as well as another boat being launched before ours. The work was finished at around 2pm so we started to get the ropes and fenders in position so we could moor up to the jetty whilst we checked the engines, generator and water maker were in full working order. Once we had the ropes and fenders in position we started the major task of clearing the boat of any cockroaches that and made home in the various crevices and nooks and crannies around the boat, as well as cleaning all the surfaces we hadn’t got to do the other day.
At around 3pm the lift arrived to pick Ripples up to move it to the water. The lift was huge! Like really, really huge! The picture above is of one of the winches used to pick the boats up. Moving Ripples from where it had been on the stands to the water was quite a long process as the lift moved extremely slowly. But you can’t blame it as a catamaran typically weighs about 25 tonnes, yes 25 tonnes!
When Ripples had been lifted there was only about 1/1.5m of clearance between the Keel and the ground. This surprised me as I thought that the boat would have been lifted much higher than that to ensure none of the underside was damaged. The whole process took about 30/40mins to transport it from the stands to the water, again much longer than I thought but I guess you don’t want to rush a 25 tonne boat incase it falls.
As you can see above everyone was really calm about the whole process, even when others were wandering around, and even in front of, the boat. You may be able to see under Ripples one of the members of staff sat on the strap thats supporting the boat, having a cigarette to pass the time. That is a testament to how calm and chilled out the people over here are.
This final photo is of Ripples in front of the dock, and it’s last moments of being dry before the season ahead. The boat was held here for a few minutes whilst everyone got into place with the ropes to moor it up when it was finally in the water. As Ripples was lowered into the water we got to climb aboard, when it was safe obviously, so we could help work the lines and effectively be launched with the boat!
I know all this may seem a bit boring to some readers but for my parents and I it was an exciting day as it was the first day of the season for us and the first night of many aboard Ripples
If you would like to see more photos from the day then check out the full gallery below.
I would like to know if anyone has experienced launching a boat before? If so what did you think, was it exciting for you too? If not would you like to experience it?
Thanks for reading!