I hauled Tammy Norie out of the water on to her trailer at Bridge Boatyard in Ely this weekend with the help of my friend John and his amazing customised Land Rover, Marmalade. This was the first time I hauled her out on to the trailer, rather than having her craned, reversing the launch in July.
We made a first attempt at hauling out at the Fish & Duck marina, but unfortunately the bottom of their slipway was rather muddy, and the back end of the trailer stuck there so that we couldn’t get it under the boat, even though the deepest part of the slip would have been deep enough at 1.25m. It was a close thing, though, and Davina at the Fish & Duck was most helpful.
The slip at the Bridge Boatyard was over 1.5m and the deep end of it sloped away, so we had no difficulty sinking the trailer well below Tammy Norie’s keels. It was surprisingly easy to line her up on the trailer. All I had to do was wade in and pull her into place by the anchor fitting. I could see the keels on the planking and was able to confirm their position by feeling their forward ends with my toes. We then winched the trailer out and Tammy tipped backwards and settled neatly into place.
The main difficulty was that she settled too far back on the trailer, shifting back about 20cm. We fixed this by hooking the trailer up to Marmalade’s front tow hook then sliding her forwards on the planking using the winch attached to a strip of heavy webbing wrapped around her keels. Next time I should be able to compensate by starting her out further forwards.
As with many boat-related things, there were too many minor difficulties to list, and the procedure took up most of the weekend. I should be able to do it much more quickly next time.
Tammy Norie is now on a friend’s driveway in Cambridge, waiting to head south for some maintenance before being relaunched in Portsmouth Harbour. She’s not “laid up” and there’ll be more sailing this year!
You can read more about Marmalade on his blog. It’s a continuous work in progress whose driving seat resembles an aircraft cockpit, and is equipped with winches, tow hooks (at both ends), and all manner of useful equipment.