Back her in..Sloooooowly!
Yesterdays story of The Blue Arabian inspired this great story from Fellow Woody Boater Ashley Dobronshinsky on tucking in his Woody Boat for the winter. Yikes. Take it away Ashley.
The snow shoes are great
Hello from one of your Canadian Woody Boater Friends…
Read the Blue Arabian Story today and the tight squeeze in the shipping container pictures inspired me to write this note to you.
It reminds me a little of what I do in the spring to get my Little Ship ready for water each year. See attached pictures.
Might not get tighter than this ?
A 20′ Utility in a single car garage, dangling from chains 4 feet off the concrete floor with only two fingers to spare from the door.
Attached shows what I go through getting my Sportsman in the water after Winter. Would love to see some pics and comments from others who have this much fun in the spring too.
Note how the garage door can only fully open once the boat is on blocks with the lift chains removed… The trailer has to be carefully pulled out by hand with only inches to spare under the door because the door can’t be fully opened at this point in the lift. Also see how I can’t paint the transom until it’s back on the trailer and moved ahead a bit. Lot’s and lot’s of fun…
Is that photo taken from a Shoe Camera!
We have all been there,
A man and his sander. What a glorious thing to see.
Tight tight tight
Now, this gets interesting. Ashley has a novel idea about pre soaking his bottom.. Boat Bottom that is. I swear you guys just all go to a horrible place. Anyway, here is Ashleys very cool idea.
I lift sand and paint all in one weekend… and this year I laid down a tarp over the trailer as a new experiment. This allowed me to wrap the tarp up around the sided of the hull and fill with water.
Yep I must be nuts…I let it sit like this for a week and then cut the tarp off. It was then ready for water with virtually no leaking at all. I’m still running the original hull so swelling up the bottom is important. This years plan was the best by far so far…
Soakn in the spring
All that moisture just soaking in.
Thanks so much Ashley, keep away from the Labatte’s and Moose burgers, or your not going to be able to fit in that Garage!