It's Over...

Teak Deck Oyster 406

Week 83. The refit is over. Now it is time to chart the journey. No Sharon, it's not now but every journey starts with little steps. I suppose the journey from Conwy to Deganwy was more of a micro step but it is the start of a season of testing. So what happened. The mast was stepped on Tuesday by Buckleys Mobile Cranes. Another company recommended to me, and their skill and professionalism was reassuring. PD Rigging have been responsible for the mast and were there to ensure all went smoothly. Unfortunetly it was windy and a little wet in the morning. As the mast is to be sealed with Spartite this requires it to be still and dry. The mast was secured but not tuned. Time then accelerated. Thursday, 10th of May was the appointed date for the launch. The morning quickly passed and before we were ready the crew arrived to move Sephina into position for the lift. Now the nerves arrived but luckily I was surrounded with friends who knew what they were doing. Jon and Iain are the sort of human beings that you know you can absolutely trust and will not only give confidence but will sort things. Ron the engineer and Carl the electrician were also on hand, the former proved essential as the engine refused to start. I don't know how many times Dan from Conwy Marina who was responsible for the launch was told to keep the hoist on hand in case of leaks, but he did his job well allowing us time to look at all the seacocks to spot water ingress. Luckily there were none. Sephina was soon on the crane dock and the wind began to blow. A huge motor cruiser was behind us ready to launch and our engine would not start and the bow thruster refused to turn on. Ron scuttled below and in 10 minutes had diagnosed the problem to the engine stop solenoid which was adjusted wrongly. A quick turn of the Perkins 4.108 and she fired sweetly. At the same time I realised that the bow thruster had two "on" switches and both needed to be pressed. By this time my brain was in overload and I was struggling to work out my port from my starboard. The wind was pinning us on but a blast of bow thruster, a squirt of forward and we were off. Sephina was suddenly a boat. The journey from Conwy to Deganwy was all of 3/4 of a mile but no mean feat. The final leg into the marina was greeted by gusts of 30 Knots of wind just as I approached the berth. More bow thruster and we were on. I didn't even look at the team tying her up as I headed for the Deganwy Quays hotel bar to get the champagne in. It was made more special by Barry and Paul turning up to join the celebrations. Poor Barry was working and one glass of champagne put paid to his afternoon! So the refit journey is over. The weekly updates will stop and it is now time to chart the sailing. Finally, it beholds me to thank friends who helped, contractors who all became friends. I was privileged to have the cream of the cream to work on Sephina and make my dream a reality. I knew what I wanted, often made it clear and I am immensely thankful that everyone responded. Thanks.