We have had real trouble with the anchor windlass. After Roger and Margaret left for Vigo, we eventually decided on the course of action needed to get the anchor motor and gearbox out to see what is wrong with it…….we had to cut a hole in the top of the chain locker to allow the gearbox to drop off it’s spindle and the whole assembly to then follow. The problem is that when the new motor was fitted about 15 years ago, they cut a hole, put the new winch in, boarded it up and then fiberglassed the board firmly in place.

Dremel Man in action

Dremel Man in action

Once again Marcus swung into action with his dremmel and after about 10 hours work, we managed to drop the heavily corroded miscreant down through the deck. Thank you again Ian for steering us towards the ‘wonder tool’ that is the dremel!
On Wednesday, after spending a couple of hours searching the Internet for quotes for a lift, scrub off, anti foul and relaunch, we asked at the office here if they could give us a quote and found they were going to beat all the prices we had researched, so we arranged to be lifted out on Thursday.
We went to see the Boatyard manager and he was struggling in English to explain the charges and what we would have to do and when. I realised he was throwing in the odd German word so I unpacked my rusty, but still serviceable Deutsch and we were sorted! I knew that French and Spanish would be useful on our travels, but thought my German skills would never be used.
It was a heart pounding experience watching our pride and joy, our home, our passport to the world… being lifted up on the travel hoist.

A nervous few minutes as she swayed a bit in the slings

A nervous few minutes as she swayed a bit in the slings

On the way back in with newdark blue bottom

On the way back in with newdark blue bottom

Once in place and chocked, the Boatyard manager was nervous about leaving us just on the cradle, so decided to leave us in the slings for the night, anti foul in the morning and put us back in in the afternoon. That suited us, because living on board on the hard means trotting up and down a ladder for the loo and not using the sinks onboard, plus we’ve got used to her moving and don’t sleep so well when ‘the life’ has gone out of her.
Once back in the water we moored briefly to get the back stays refitted

I was on the end of the winch ..... such trust!!

I was on the end of the winch ….. such trust!!

and to visit with Barbara and Cormac on ‘Island Life’ an Island Packet. Cormac has done a lot of single handed sailing over the years and has been everywhere. They now keep their boat here, conveniently placed for the airport and flights to and from Ireland .. these are the people we met on the first day who had lived in Waterford.
And so back to Muros to anchor for the night.

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