|Positioning Amyo over the trailer on the slipway|
|Lowering the wheels to raise the trailor bed under the boat|
|Blacking looks good and the anodes will last another year or two|
Another good point was that the anodes were in good condition still and had a little more life in them yet whilst appearing to be doing their job. Anodes are placed on the hull along the boat below the ater line. Being made of softer metal the idea is corrosion will occur on the anodes and not the hull.
|Tyhe blacking still looked good at the business end|
Before being parked up, and whilst still wet, the next job is to jet wash the muck away from the hull. This is a drty job, not a job I like doing, so pay the marina to do it. They have very powerful jet washers that remove the muck and any loose blacking really well.
|Starting to jet was the muck off the hull, a messy, wet job.|
|The end result ready for treatment of new blacking|
|Pitting from previous years can be seen here as lighter spots, thankfully no worse than last year|
Once completely jet washed down AmyJo is then moved to her hard standing birth so work can begin on re-blacking. She is lowered onto large sleepers and the trailer pull out from under her.
|Backing AmyJo into her hard standing birth.|
|A collegue guids the tractor driver as he reverses AmyJo towards the blocks she will rest on|
|All settled and now the work can begin|
First I had to ensure all loose blacking was definately removed. to do this I use a large scraper all over the hull. This too is a messy job and I ended up covered in chips of blacking. A much needed shower followed.
|First covering of blacking completed on the Port (left) side.|
Over the next two days it rained solid but on Thursday the sun came out and I managed to get a second coat on. I had also planned to give the gunwales a fresh coat of paint, thats the dark grey area above my head in the picture below but there was not enough time left nor was the weather favourable to do so. This will have to wait for another day
|Second coat of blacking being rollered on.|
I also managed to give the tunnel bands at the stern another coat of paint to freshen them up too. For our non boating readers tunnel bands were used in days before boats had electric head lights and were designed to be seen in the tunnels when lit by a hand lamp so boats could see another ahead of them in the tunnels. Nowadays they are more for show, The traditional cream and red is now replaced with any colour the owner likes, or none at all. AmyJo's are cream and Blue.
|A nice new coat of paint on the tunnel bands|
Once the blacking has been alowed to dry for 24hrs it was tine to put AmyJo back in the water. The whole process is the reverse of that when pulling her out. Finally when AmyJo was afloat I was able to back her away from the trailor and cruised round to the visitor moorings for the night.
|Reversing AmyJo down the slipway|
|Slowly in she goes|
|backing away from the trailor|