For the almost 20 years we have been responsible for her maintenance, Eolian has been hauled using a Travelift - a huge contraption that lifts the boat out of the water bodily using two enormous straps:
This has not been an easy task for us. First, the Travelift at Shilshole was not large enough to haul Eolian unless we backed her into the Travelift slip. And we had to disconnect the topping lift for the mizzen boom and drop it down. And even then, the mizzen mast was always very uncomfortably close to the cross beam of the Travelift. Oh, and the boat yard required that we had no roller furled sails aboard when we were blocked up (apparently one came open in a windstorm years ago and boats got knocked over like dominoes). So we always had to remove our yankee - not a simple task because it is so large.
Ah, but not this year. First, in Anacortes, apparently it is the SeaLift which is all the rage, not the Travelift. The SeaLift is just an enormous, self-propelled boat trailer. The boat rests on inflatable bunks (8-10 psi) that contact nearly the entire length of the hull - a much gentler loading than the two straps on the Travelift. As you would expect, the operator backs the SeaLift into the water and you just drive your boat onto it, just as if it was a 16' ski boat. Unlike a ski boat trailer tho, the SeaLift has the ability to keep your boat level as it comes out of the water, up the ramp, and onto shore.
|We didn't even have to take the dinghy off!|
|Trundlin' down the road...|
|Blocked up and waiting for the paint crew|
|Fresh paint always looks wonderful|
|What's wrong with this picture?|