The Butterfly emerges...

Teak Deck Oyster 406

Week 79 and 80. It has been so hectic that there was no Week 79 or if there was it passed me by. As you can imagine the rush to leave the shed after 20 months has been a major task. All those small jobs on the list that could wait, suddenly were needed now! Everybody rallied round and we were down to the last day fixing a couple of leaks around port lights and deck LEDs. However, the appointed day arrived and at 4pm on the 19th April 2012 the butterfly finally emerged. The skill of Dan and his team manoeuvring the hydraulic trailer under Sephina was awesome, if a little frightening. The heart stopping moment came when he kicked out the forward prop from under the bow and 100 meters of chain in the anchor locked did its stuff by dropping the nose by a few inches! My heart was in my mouth but the professionals just smiled! I guess they remembered that there was an entire engine in the stern to balance it. Sephina then was jacked up on 3 points only and slowly edged her way into the daylight. What was immediately apparent was just how shiny and new she looked in the sun. Job done! The journey along the roads to the Marina were also slightly heart stopping and I captured it on video. The view from the cockpit security camera makes it look like she is sailing through houses. The video can be seen here. So this weekend (81) we will be clearing the shed and then have to go down to Cowes to pick up our youngest who has just passed her commercial yachtmaster. Might also go and take a peek at Sephina to admire her.