Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Back in Victoria!

Toketie is safely tucked away in the Townsville Slipways lot and the crew have landed back in sunny Victoria, British Columbia, a long way from Ross Creek!!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Toketie on the hard!

All went well, first night spent on the water in the cradle and next morning at low tide the crane showed up to remove the power boat and put Toketie into position.  Quite a production really!!

Friday, September 02, 2011

enough 'whingeing' already....

Australia's national passtime....'whingeing'....better known as 'whining' where we come from.....sorry about that little scratch on the elbow stuff.....truth is the cure was almost worse than the disease...would not wish a week in hospital on I checked myself out....declined the followup with the doctors and we have been busy getting Toketie in shape to store her for the next cyclone season!  Townsville Slipways, where we will haul her up on the rail and have a crane lift her into position, is an institution in Australia.  The world has evolved around the site but the old slipways remain much as they have been for many years.  Townsville goes back to 1770 and Captain James Cook but the slipways have been there since 1903.  Coordinating an exact time for when we will be lifted out of the water is turning into an interesting process.  The logistics of juggling the boats on the rails, the tides, the crane etc.....well lets hope it happens this week!