Now that is what I call a boat cover

When I got Katie L I also received a massive bundle of canvas - it was about the size and weight of a de-inflated dinghy. I hefted it into the van and then lifted it into the shed and there it sat for four years.

Yesterday I pulled it out and put it on the boat - what a thing of beauty. It is fitted and cut to follow her every curve.

It is funny where an old bloke gets his pleasures - makes me smile whenever I look at it.

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there are a few small rips so paypal bought some of this

http://www.tarpaulinsdirect.co.uk/tarpaulins/tarp-accessories/tape-and-patches/tarp-tape-2-x-35

so once those have been repaired I will close up the lacing. Then some-one will buy the house and I will have to move the whole shebang.

This is about Dylan Winter's Blog.

15 Responses to “Now that is what I call a boat cover”

  1. 13 October, 2015 at 10:55 amMartin Roberts says:

    Well done – you look like you have managed to do all those tasks that you were sceptical that you would get round to!

  2. 13 October, 2015 at 12:06 pmJes says:

    It/she does look very snug

  3. 13 October, 2015 at 12:56 pmdylan winter says:

    it is in preparation for a thing called winter – probably unknown in your current life J

    D

  4. 13 October, 2015 at 1:36 pmDrew says:

    I had something similar for my last boat, please make sure there is plenty of ventilation, I did not and spent 1 week trying to get rid of mildew when I opened it up. The following year I put an oscillating desk fan in on a time switch. It only ran for 3 hours a day but no mildew to clean off the next spring made the cost of the electricity worth it

  5. 13 October, 2015 at 2:15 pmdylan winter says:

    thanks for the tip Drew

    getting mildew all over the roof would be horrible – all cushions and gubbisn in now out of the boat

    I will open the front hatch a and leave the washboards out

    I am also hoping that being dark blue it should get quite warm in the sun and drive off any moisture still in the boat

    D

  6. 13 October, 2015 at 3:17 pmNigel Rudgewick-Brown says:

    I had one made for a previous boat, brilliant but cost two arms and a leg!
    I now sew my own, well it passes the cold winter evenings.

    Has Lily-M got any coloured sails (apart from your red one)?

  7. 13 October, 2015 at 3:28 pmGiles says:

    If you worry about mildew, I’ve found that a quick spray around the interior before closing up with a very diluted bleach solution works wonders. It halves the clean up time in the spring.

    Cheers

  8. 13 October, 2015 at 3:55 pmdylan winter says:

    two spinnakers apparently

    plus I have my crusader ghoster seen on the Solent films

    and I shall keel the little brown sail aboard as it is an excellent trisail

    as you know…. I like to ring the changes

  9. 13 October, 2015 at 3:56 pmdylan winter says:

    I have some anti-mildew spray I use around the bog – maybe a quick misting might be sensible

    not finished messing with her yet

    sat and had a coffee in the cockpit yesterday

    just for old time’s sake

  10. 13 October, 2015 at 6:02 pmPeter Truelove says:

    When I bought my Drascombe Scaffie she had a mast curved like a banana …. she still does. This is because the previous owner stored the mast supported only at each end. Obvious I know, but I would lash or cabletie the wooden spars to the alloy mast in at least a couple of places while stored for a long period, to keep them true. P.

  11. 13 October, 2015 at 6:13 pmJes says:

    In our winter we occasionally wear a jumper and some times even wish our chimney worked and we could have a fire. It’s very dry though. For us the hot season is when we get mildew. Clothes come out of the wardrobe with a white dusting. It’s so humid. I felt nostalgic seeing you looking out at KatieL through the rain!

  12. 13 October, 2015 at 6:22 pmdylan winter says:

    Too late Peter – the spars have a bend in them because of just such a thing when they were stored for fifteen years that way in John’s garage(when I bought Katie L she had a Bermudan rig) which is why the gunter rig and sails were in such splendid condition

    I have put them up with the bend upwards- see if by the time I re-launch her the spars will have straightened themselves out

    However, I am now a cruising sailor so when it comes to bent spars what you lose on starboard you gain on port – or the other way around

    D

    incidentally, this is meeting the boat for the second time

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCIPgGIvS1I

  13. 14 October, 2015 at 4:22 pmTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    “…I’m only in the Micra, and I need a bigger vehicle to tow [Katie L].” Truer words have never been spoken.

    How was the Sorrento towing the Katie L? I know the towing-hitches are different between the US and Europe, my slightly-larger Jeep Grand Cherokee can handle a 5000lb. trailer, 8500lbs with a load-equalizing hitch. The other limit is that we’re used to electromagnetic brakes on trailers, but boat trailers have to be surge-brake equipped to safely submerge the hubs. But surge-brakes are a bit tricky on a boat-launch ramp.

    I like that trolley your trailer has, easier to reach deep water. But I’d think about converting to dual axles if I were towing the Katie L on American highways.

  14. 14 October, 2015 at 4:31 pmdylan winter says:

    It towed like a dream

    you would hardly know it was on the back

    as for adding extra wheels

    Macgregors have single axle trailers and my guess is that Katie L weighs a lot less than Mac

    and I am not sure how the break back mechanism could be made to work with twin axles

    the over-runs seem to work fine – funny how rules change around the world.

    D

  15. 15 October, 2015 at 1:31 amTed B. (Charging Rhino) says:

    Glad to hear that towing isn’t a chore. I’v pulled trailers that were barely-there…and others that took 110% of your concentration and a light-touch on the wheel just to keep in a traffic-lane.

    I suspect that your “over-run” brakes are very similar to our surge-brakes.

    Once the Lily M is safely on the hard for Winter 2016-2017, you’ll get the itch to put the wheels back on the trailer…

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