On the Hard

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Tahina was successfully lifted out of the water yesterday afternoon – on our fourth scheduled attempt to haul-out. We are now safely set up in the yard and on the “hard”. The wood blocks, and steel beams we used to set them on, worked as expected and after only a few minutes of adjustments, and some tense moments as we tested lifting Tahina, we were soon lifted up out of the water.

Tahina LiftedWe spent a couple hours, as usual, near the ramp while the yard staff power washed and scraped the growth on the bottoms of our hulls, rudders, saildrives and props. Then they moved us a short distance to a spot in the yard and put our keels down on wood blocks and propped us on either end.

It’s noon the next day and we have already made good progress on our first project – removing our thru-hulls to replace the corroding stainless steel ball-valves installed when Tahina was built. We will be installing new composite-material ball-valves, that won’t rust, after we finish cleaning up the thru-hull parts, and the bilges. We should be finished by tomorrow on this project.

Many, many other projects on our boat list in the coming days. I may only post a few times, and will only summarize the tally and write about the more interesting projects.

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3 Responses to On the Hard

  1. Georgia says:

    Yay, glad it went well.

  2. Kerry Mettert says:

    I am looking forward to your passages to the Maldives and to Cape Town. Going around the tip of Southern Africa should be an experience. I have always wondered how that passage would be. Have you heard from anyone about it yet or is it too far in the future to think about it?

    • Frank Taylor says:

      @Kerry: It should be interesting. Hopefully not too interesting! Several yachties we knew from our Pacific Crossing went this year or the previous year. So, we have quite a few inputs on what it was like. The Indian Ocean can be a long and sometime arduous journey. The trickiest part though is off the African coast with the currents that come around the tip of the continent (just like the Gulf-Stream in the US). It can get really nasty, and there’s no Bahamas to retreat and wait it out.

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