We returned to Woodbridge on 8 June, bringing the sails and everything else for the boat that had been stored at home over winter.
It was a busy few days at home catching up with life in Derbyshire. There’s more work for Bev to do in the garden now, since all the work done, including new planting, during lockdown last year!
Before going up to Larkmans, Steve bent on the mainsail and replaced all the temporary ‘winter’ rigging.
He motored upriver with the tide to arrive promptly at 1220 on Thursday 10 June, as planned. After being lifted out on the crane, and scrubbed down by Aldon, there was some discussion about how long we needed to be ashore.
After consulting the tidetables, it was agreed everything had to be done by Monday lunchtime, or we’d have to wait another week for sufficient water. So, what was there time to do? The weather was glorious, possibly a bit too hot for doing the anti-fouling, but they’d found us a nice shady place for the weekend. James was enlisted to have a quick look at the hull and despite the pain caused by a return of toothache, Steve persevered in the heat and by Monday morning ‘Cachalot’ was ready for a return to the water.
Gleaming with new anti-foul, the waterline had been checked and corrected and a couple of small repairs below the waterline had been done. Her topsides were sparkling following a thorough wash down, and some touching up where paint had been rubbed off. There’s a few other jobs outstanding, but these can be done while she’s afloat.
A call to the dentist resulted in an emergency appointment for Steve on Wednesday, and thunderstorms were forecast for the weekend, so after motoring back to the Tidemill we packed up the Landrover and drove back to Derbyshire again on Monday 14 June.