|Enroute to Port Townsend -- A beautiful morning on Puget Sound|
We hauled out on Thursday, February 4 and were placed inside Building 3 at the Shipwrights Coop. The Coop recently took over the old Townsend Bay Marine facilities, and most of their work is now done indoors. Those of you who have worked outdoors in the typical boatyard will appreciate the luxury of working indoors. The day rate for storage indoors is about twice what the Port charges for outdoor storage, and is worth every penny. No worries about the weather.
|On our way to the Shipwrights Coop|
|Building 3 awaits (that's a 140 ft mega yacht already inside. This is a BIG building!)|
|Ready to be blocked up.|
This is where experience really counts, and I was glad that Arren and Greg from the Coop were doing the heavy lifting (literally). While I was disconnecting stuff, they planned how they would get the engines out. There was just enough room to maneuver the forklift into place along the port side of the boat. With a chain-fall hoist suspended from the forks, the port engine was lifted free of the engine bed and up into the wheelhouse. After a bit of re-positioning, out the door it came. Once the engine was through the door they picked it up with the overhead crane, lifted it free of the forklift, and lowered to the ground. It looked easy!
|In comes the fork lift (well, part of it anyway).|
|Up she comes.|
|800 pounds suspended in the wheelhouse -- anyone nervous?|
|Out the door.|
|Now what? No more room to back up, and only part way out.|
|The overhead crane did the trick.|
|One down, one to go.|
|Ready to go.|