THAT TIME OF YEAR

THAT TIME OF YEAR

Haul-out 2018.  

It’s usually a very sad time of year, putting our dear R.E.D. to bed for the long winter months but this year we are at least a month later than usual to pull her from the water and it felt right…and kind of fun..with an energy we haven’t found in past years.

Hooking Up HIS Trailer

Maybe it’s because we had a much longer season, or maybe it could be that we now have a special place right in our own yard and the process is so much easier.  There was no going back and forth through all of that depressing congested Montreal traffic.

Fall Colours

She spent her summer here, just six kilometres from our home, at a small co-op-type club.  It meant just one trip too.  Trailer hooked up to the tow beast and within a few minutes we were ready for our annual ritual.

Ballast Empty

First, a chilly outing on the bay to empty her belly of salt water.

Winterizing MY Engine

Next, Francois put the motor through it’s winterizing paces.

Installing Mast Extension

The mast extension makes for a much better shape when tarping.

Waiting

R.E.D. waited patiently at the service dock while the trailer was brought to the loading ramp

Haul-out

Then came the offical haul-out.  So easy for two of us to handle, all completed with no incident.

Power Wash

Power wash came next before all the accumulated ‘yuck’ from a summer in the water had dried.  Demasting with all of the lines secured and we were ready to head for home.

The Skeleton

This year’s tarp skeleton is Francois’ best creation to date.  It makes the job so much easier too when there is a small hardware store down at the corner to buy extra tie wraps and PVC piping.

Winter Tarp

Even covering and threading the lines under R.E.D.’s belly seemed less of a chore this year.  

The Igloo

All liquids and other essentials removed from the cabin and lines flushed through with anti-freeze, she will rest all cozy and ready for whatever winter storms will throw our way.  

For those who prefer to read our story in a language other than English, please forgive the automatic translation.

WINTERIZING: Deck & Hull Prep

WINTERIZING: Deck & Hull Prep

Hull repairs are complete and R.E.D. is back home…
Since we were one of the last of the smaller boats hauled out
(many larger boats still to come but they will be placed in another area of the boat yard),
we will be one of the first to go back in the water next spring…
(this is my happy thought)
…This is where R.E.D. will reside for the winter, the view from our cabin window…
…it somewhat eases the sadness we feel…
We were really pleased with the repair results though.
Needless to say, when you can’t tell where the crack was, it was a job very well done
…before…
…after…
(at least we think this is the general vacinity)
We put our Evinrude E-TEC engine through it’s winterization paces before haul out
and added extra fuel stabilizer to the tanks..
… but there remains a lot to do,
at the very least cleaning the outside
after two weeks’ accumulation of leaves and such…
…but before the final wash Francois has been preparing the mast and furler,
securing them for the advent of winter snow…
…raising the mast at the bow to form a good 45 ° angle with the tarp…
…sometimes I inject a good idea or two…
…found this in the hardware department .. a something-or-other for hanging something-or-other…
…the mast fits perfectly into it…
…our tarp skeleton…
PVC for electrical wiring
200 feet with a mere 2 feet left over
…next came the power wash…
very thankful for the two coats of wax before initial launch in the spring…
…she’s still very shiny…
…inside our tarp igloo…
…R.E.D. is now all trussed up like a Thanksgiving turkey…
…this weekend was the busiest day we’ve seen at the club all summer…
…but by the end of the day all boats had been removed…
…we took one last sad look before sunset…
…so cold…so windy…but still a very beautiful sight…
…my happy thought:
‘last out – first in’
the six-month-count-down begins…
WINTERIZING: Making Headway

WINTERIZING: Making Headway

…Cleaning and winterizing the ‘head’ (boat toilet)
was a lot easier than I expected…
…first removed as much water in the bowl as possible…
…purchased a good quality marine antifreeze…
(one with a glycol base as the alcohol based ones will dry the lines)
…while Francois posted himself outside with a syphon tube…

…I remained inside pumping away till the blue appeared…
…looks like a giant eyeball…
…that’s it, that’s all…