It is Monday , 16 July 2012 and LAST WORD is ready to be lifted , cleaned and antifould for the trip north.
The staff at Empire Marina, Bobbin Head, under the guidance of general manager, John Lawler, are very organised and professional, and i am sent a reminder SMS the day before reminding me of the lift out and time .
At the designated time , staff explained the procedure and crew boarded LAST WORD to assist being pulled into the travel lift.
Attached is a pic of LAST WORD in the ravel lift , which has a capacity of 50 tons.
This is a little weird as i have had two different alleged experts look at LAST WORD and her berth, and both could find no issues, and thought all was well.
LAST WORD'S hull received a wax , and prop speed was applied to all the running gear (except the trim tabs), even the underwater lights were propspeeded and had clear silicon painted on the glass lens.
LAST WORD was lifted back into the water Friday 20 July , and the rest of the day i spent chasing a leak in the larger tender (hopefully the valve ) and fixing one of the MSR bedroom double doors ( the hardware has jammed in the locked position).
As the weather is looking a little suspect,(2 to3 m seas and 25 kt winds ) , we decided to stay in the Empire Marina for the w/e, then on Monday journey to RMYC Broken Bay, Newpor,t where i will meet with Ray Gent and discuss stopovers along the journey and bar crossings and have a light lunch, and .......to pass some time , i have booked in for a course on coastal navigation ....run by Marine Rescue .....never too late.
Well Saturday 21st July started ok , and then something completely unexpected occurred.....
i was on the boarding platform when....BOOM.... an almighty explosion shook the Marina.
I thought a boat had fallen off its blocks on the hardstand.
i grabbed my phone/camera and took some shots.
it seems that two of the shipwrights were using an angle grinder in the shed and some sparks ignited some vapours from some nearby venting solvents. The back of the shed went up very quickly , and there were several further explosions as other solvents ignited. End result was that several fire crews attended the scene , but could not stop the fire consuming approx. 40 feet of the adjoining heritage buildings.
We have lost power and water at the marina , and may have the services reinstated tomorrow.
The 50 ton travelift was in the shed with the drivers platform in the left rear corner next to the fire. One wheel has punctured and who knows what other damage to the electrics and hydraulics as a result of the heat and fire.
It is a good thing i decided to put LAST WORD back into the water yesterday morning , otherwise LAST WORD may have been stuck on the hardstand for several weeks waiting for the travelift to be refurbished and operational.