Tuesday 3 December 19 and we gather on a blue sky day to put the Squibs to bed and double check the Soling is all tucked up to – we want to keep our boats dry, after all they do have wood elements in the hull, and water and wood really don’t mix well do they?
On this day we were blessed with blue skies, sunshine and a cold day a quiet club and three volunteers Mike, Eric and Dave Grundy and we were supervised by John Cranwell Ward.
Unfortunately, John’s had a bad fall and hence the neck brace. However, a serious injury and a broken arm btw, are not going to deter John from ‘supervising’ the Winterising of the boats – key to keeping our boats in good condition. Good to see you John and Jacqui, here’s to your recovery.
Pardon the pun, but this article aims to give a ‘Taster’ of the key steps and what’s involved in putting the boats to bed for the Winter (and the reverse in the Spring).
- The key steps for both the Squibs are:
- Get the volunteers to meet up
- Take the boat down to the gantry by the clubhouse
- Take off the stays – un-taping and refitting the tiny circa clips
- Lift the mast out
- Onto the deck
- Down to the ground
- Stow the masts
- Return the boat to trailer park
- Put the normal cover on
- Put the Winter cover on
- Cut the grass – to minimise mess when checking the boats over Winter
- Replace the boats in their slots
We also fitted a pole to the Soling to ensure the water runs off the fore deck.
Over lunch, I managed to give Eric a quick overview of the website so he can post Sailing Sec posts and messages directly himself.
The slider aims to give a taster of what’s involved, you will see the sun was on its way to setting as we left. As anyone who gets involved with this job knows, we are not always blessed with such perfect weather conditions – and it still needs to be done – feeling blessed!
On behalf of all our members, thanks to our Boat Husband team and other volunteers who help out on this day. Let’s hope for similar weather when it comes to re-stepping the mast.