It was a damp and cold start to the day, but it soon ‘came away nice.’ And despite a very low tide mid-morning, it all went without a hitch. Thanks as ever to our indefatigable harbour secretary George Mackay, and of course to the excellent tutelage provided by Lachie. Here’s a selection of photos from the day.
Volunteers are required to antifoul and paint the two Dumbos. The hard work scraping and cleaning has been completed thanks to Jason.
Several moorings still need to be inspected. If you have not been involved in mooring parties to date it is possible that your allocated mooring is one of these. Mooring and work parties will be on Saturdays starting around 10am.
Mooring junks should also be inspected and replaced before lift in on 11th April.
Please do not use the Dumbos to inspect and replace junks. It is pointless cleaning and painting these boats to use them to maintain moorings.
I also take the opportunity to remind you that antifouling and painting on lift in day is not acceptable. All cradle pad areas must be painted before lift in day.
Members may be interested in the attached notice which offers FCYC members access to the RFYC Water Taxi Service, as well as their crane for boat and mast lifts.
At January’s Council Meeting, it was confirmed that Lift-In will be Saturday 11th April 2015
Disappointing news that the planned’s lift-out for Saturday 25th has been postponed due to high winds which are forecast.
The Met Office is currently forecasting an average windspeed of 21mph at 9am in the morning, strengthening to 24mph by 3pm, with gusts of 40-44mph throughout the day.
The next available date for lift out will be Saturday 1st November. Note that with the clock change on Sunday 26th, we will need to alter our start and finish times to maximise the operation in the daylight. Accordingly, members will be expected at the yard at 6:45am Saturday 1st November. Please check that your insurance is still in force on this date.
Tuesday at 09:36 UTC was the Lowest Astronomical Tide – also known as chart datum, as you all know. And if you don’t, perhaps you should consider enrolling here! So, quite a bit of the harbour which never usually uncovers was, well… uncovered! Here, for the greater good of the mariners of Granton is a gallery showing what’s under your keel when you come floating into the pontoon.
At the FCYC Council on August 11th, the date for lift out was set as Saturday 25 October 2014.