See also our blog ‘And So to Bed …’ posted in July.
We have often been there before … having Pipistrelle lifted out of the water, a period of time on hardstanding in a boat yard and eventual ‘splash’ or relaunch. Never have we left her for 4 months and never in the climatic conditions experienced from June to October in this part of Thailand – the south west monsoon. Fortunately all the thorough preparation paid off and we returned to a dry interior – thanks to the deck mounted aircon unit – no nasty creepy-crawlies inside, and plastic tarpaulins that had done their job of protecting the deck well, but two of which were throw away items after 4 months.
Two coats of anti-foul to her bottom, a polish of her topsides and we were ready to have Pipistrelle put in slings for relaunch. We had had a lot of rain and one tremendous thunderstorm which hampered work progress slightly during our 7 remaining days out of the water. During that time we had rented a studio apartment (with aircon of course!) in the Cleat Condominium at the marina!
After six years of not being able to achieve over 2,500 rpm without the main engine overheating, we finally changed the pitch of the propellor. Success! We will provide more details and explanations about this and other information in a new page entitled ‘Technical’ which is currently under construction.
But the sun shone at the right time and all went smoothly. Final preparation and bending on sails was completed alongside.