Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Getting ready for summer storage

Kialoa at the Fonatur dock, sails off but the flags are flying!

As soon as I arrived in Guaymas it was time to get to work!  There are quite a few things to do to get a boat ready to sit out of the water in the heat and ready to weather any tropical storms or hurricanes that might decide to venture this far up the sea of Cortez.  Kialoa had survived hurricane Newton without any damage so the preparations had paid off last year.
All the canvas and running rigging must be taken off.  This includes rinsing the salt off and then drying it all.  It is best to do the sails on a calm day and many hands make light work! The sail removal and folding for storage is much easier with more people, and so by the time we had the sails off Searover II, Seadra and Kialoa we were a well oiled team!  We also teamed up for haulouts, it is always nice to have extra hands for this stressful event!  My haulout was at Marina Seca which is a short journey from the fonatur docks.  I had Karina and Ed on board and Gary drove around to catch us on the other side.  Due to some confusion about timing of the haulout we were longer than planned, this worked out very well for me as Karina and Ed managed to wrap up every single block, winch and clutch in tinfoil while we were waiting.  I just had to flush the engine, plug the through hulls, finish putting everything inside, wash the decks, empty the water tanks etc, etc......
Kialoa in the slings and headed for dry land!

the inside of the boat.......

the outside of the boat looking clean and clear!

The walking away photo.....Spanish Stroll, the boat just behind Kialoa is
also a southern cross 31, and she has sailed around the world.
Keeping the dream alive!
So that is the end of this cruising season.......I am now back in BC and back to work looking forward to the next adventure!