Sunday, 4 December 2011

Drying out alongside,Hout Bay style

We once had a great and a quite free facility,we also had permision to use it from the then Nature Conservation Chief Director,himself a yachtsman and owner of a steel yacht in the RCYC Small Craft basin.

Yacht Water Witch having a bottom clean alongside by her two owners,that is the Howard Davis you can just see behind her.Water wise,there is quite a drop off just aft of  Water Witches stern.

Our nice clean drying beach,well it was back then,with high tide of around 1.8 to 1.9 meters,a bit of planing and we could do all sorts of jobs,check annodes,re pitch a Max Prop,fit a new skin fitting,even re antifoul when were really fast,one side per tide was quite easy.

The beach disapeared after the reconstruction of the end of the pier took place,some bright spark decided to fill in under the harbour wall at this point,before then it was open to the beach and the waves on the other side.This had two benefits,it kept the harbour a lot cleaner and it brought in the clean sand,now we have deeper water and a derelict hull lying there.

Progress? No.

R Mc B

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