SHE'S ON ROLLERS AND READY TO MOVE
Last night Oddity was dropped onto six 5 inch fence posts in readiness to be rolled out of the shed. Its like being expectant parents as we wait for nature to give us a window of opportunity. Looking at the forecast I'm confident she will be out soon and that there is a sunny day on Friday so I shall wait until then before I take some pictures for the blog. If you follow the keel shoe down and aft you can see the big lug that will be used to pull her. This is designed so that if it comes to it we can hitch her up to a tractor and drag her up a river bank or some such thing.
Another storm Eunice picture. This was taken by Colin of yachts on the trot off Tamar River Sailing club which is just down river from the Saltash bridge.
Storm Eunice gave it her all yesterday and what a wild day it was. It got me to thinking about storm options that you have on a standard yacht and being grateful that Oddity gives us so much more. With under three foot draft we would have been able to wriggle up a suitable creek well inland. We also have the option of greatly reducing windage and increasing righting moment by dropping the mast and dodger. This would be followed by putting on the heating and kettle to ride it out. If needs be we could dry out in our 10mm steel shoe - it was a heartening thought as we watched these boats leaping about on their marina pontoons as the storm started to build.
She's coming together - check out the deck
This is our bespoke water tank (www.tek-tanks.com) being fitted. Given that we are planning on long term cruising we wanted as much capacity as we could fit into a 32ft boat. As such we have 426ltr of water and 344ltr of fuel which is split across two tanks so that we can manage dodgy fuel. The tanks are bulletproof which was top of our list having suffered a split tank in the past which nearly required cutting out accomodation or replacing with a bladder.
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