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Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:37 am
by wully
aquaplane wrote:I have written this year off. Not expecting to do any sailing before August and probably not after then.


I’ve got to get the boat round to The mooring so that might be my summer sail.

I was going to put her on brokerage but that’s not going to happen for a while now.

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:33 am
by marisca
I'm in a quandary - a moral yin not the Ardrishaig yin. My boat is about 70 miles from home in a yard which, at the moment, is still launching. My wife and I are both in our 70s, self-isolating 'cos that's mostly our normal behaviour and we are maintaining social-distancing stringently. I can leap in the car, go to the yard, and apart from couple of old fogies and the yard guys who also maintain 2m separation do not need to see anyone else. The boat is anti-fouled and ready to go so the question is this ...... Is it reasonable to launch the boat? I'll be putting it on my mooring (if Neil has fettled it) and sailing will be mostly single-handed or with my wife on nice days.
I can self-justify these actions but is it selfish to be one of the very few able to do this, is a round trip of 140 miles by road showing a bad example? And, of course, will the stupidity of others (who, me?) lead to a clamp down on any movement with a total lock down leaving an unused boat on a mooring for the next n months?

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:41 am
by BlowingOldBoots
marisca wrote:I'm in a quandary - a moral yin not the Ardrishaig yin. My boat is about 70 miles from home in a yard which, at the moment, is still launching. My wife and I are both in our 70s, self-isolating 'cos that's mostly our normal behaviour and we are maintaining social-distancing stringently. I can leap in the car, go to the yard, and apart from couple of old fogies and the yard guys who also maintain 2m separation do not need to see anyone else. The boat is anti-fouled and ready to go so the question is this ...... Is it reasonable to launch the boat? I'll be putting it on my mooring (if Neil has fettled it) and sailing will be mostly single-handed or with my wife on nice days.
I can self-justify these actions but is it selfish to be one of the very few able to do this, is a round trip of 140 miles by road showing a bad example? And, of course, will the stupidity of others (who, me?) lead to a clamp down on any movement with a total lock down leaving an unused boat on a mooring for the next n months?


The safest job is the one you don’t do! Do you want to risk an incident because of your actions, or remain safer self isolated. Also consider this, boat is safe onshore, launch, legally enforced lock down, no one will check your boat. The legal lockdown is coming, I am sure.

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:23 pm
by Aja
I must admit I was in JWD yesterday to do some varnishing. As I don't have any mates at the best of times, I stuck rigidly to my usual stance of ignoring everyone equally.

I can't see Aja getting launched, don't have that much to do and Neil is going to do the mooring next week, but realistically, when I get the virus, and my daughter already has it, I don't want to be reliant on anyone if I get into a state that I can't manage the boat due to illness.

Lost my mum (95) and her sister (98) last month, can only get a virtual hug via FaceTime from the grandkids and looks like I can't get out to sail for probably the first time in nearly sixty years. This is serious and life changing for all. Expect that tomorrow we'll get told that things are now mandatory. If not an awful lot of will die unnecessarily.

Now away to paint something. Probably a bedroom.

Donald

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 11:06 pm
by Aja
Looks as if Tobermory Harbour has just announced that although it remains a port of refuge that it is not open to visiting vessels that are not commercial: fishing, ferries or workboats.

Not sure of the position if you anchor off and go ashore in the dinghy, but guess you won't be made welcome.

Donald

Edit
"STATEMENT ON COVID-19 FROM TOBERMORY HARBOUR AUTHORITY

Sunday 22nd March 2020

Tobermory Harbour will remain open as a Port of Refuge and remain open for all essential marine traffic.

Essential traffic includes fishing, ferries and commercial boats, emergencies and medivacs.

Tobermory is now closed to all non-essential visiting vessels.

All visiting vessels entering Harbour limits must contact the Harbour team
on VHF Channel 68 or duty mobile and await further instruction.

A Notice to Mariners will be issued shortly."

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 9:50 pm
by marisca
Mothballing the boat seems to have been the right thing to do. I hope your boats are within walking or cycling distance.

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:48 pm
by Aja
Well. Looks like there won't be any sailing in the immediate future. Any one want to hazard a guess? One month? Two?

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:12 am
by wully
We got launched last week after some engine work (some...)

We do not want to keep the boat in the marina.

We just got the mooring serviced.

We do not want to move the boat in the current situation.

We certainly do not want to be paying for two moorings.

:violin:

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:40 am
by marisca
6 days since Geoff started this thread when closing yards seemed a bit OTT. I asked Neil to service my mooring - no replacements needed - slapped on the AF, polished the hull and on Sunday covered her with a tarpaulin and gave up. It seemed obvious that there were just too many eejits, whether too thick or just willfully selfish (probably the same twats that voted for Brexit), to avoid a nationwide lockdown. So, we suffer, mentally and financially, awaiting the first cough and hot flush while knowing that we could have had some respite on our boats. A plague on all their houses! (who "they" are is your choice).

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 9:18 pm
by wully
Ardfern Boat Yard is now closed.

No word yet if Craobh is also shut - I would expect that it is.

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:02 pm
by claymore
Has the pack ice receded fae Crabbyh yet Wullyum?

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 10:44 pm
by mm5aho
I did some work last Saturday, when Silvers yard was open to customers (but not open when staff there). There were at least 10 others doing the same, all a suitable distance apart.
But today an email announced the yard gates are locked and all stay out. Not sure what the employees are doing.
At work we closed up shop today, and both sites are now still and personless.
I'm assuming that there'll be zero sailing this year at all.
I'm grateful to have built a nice workshop to make things in. Anyone need anything made??

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:51 pm
by wully
claymore wrote:Has the pack ice receded fae Crabbyh yet Wullyum?


Just aboot..

Mind you, it’s a cauld place wi the Lotti closed.

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 4:45 pm
by Aja
Surprised to see a Moody out sailing today. Obviously the 'remaining at home' message doesn't apply there.

Didn't even realise that his AIS was telling the world who the stupid f***** was :nod: .

Donald

Re: How to get launched?

Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2020 5:31 pm
by claymore
Nice one :D