Sunday, July 21, 2013

Soterion Haulout and Summer Work

As summer rolls around again, it is time to haul Soterion out of the water for her annual stay on dry land.

She sits on special "hurricane cradles" as well as wooden blocks under the keels.  Nylon ratchet straps connect the boat to 6-foot long steel screws that have been driven into the ground.

Here we share a screw with a custom 40' carbon fiber catamaran named Soma.   With any luck our boats will stay where they are for the summer.

Soma is quite possibly the fastest charter boat in the world.  We'll have to see about that.

It's not all fun and games and rest and relaxation this summer.  Soterion will get a new set of chainplates - these beautiful pieces of custom-machined stainless steel are what will allow the cables that hold up the mast to connect to the boat.  The current ones are showing signs of age, so we had a new set made.
We have the new chainplates polished up, ready to install.  Just have to take out the 10 bolts that hold them to the boat.  If you look closely in the photo below, you can see a couple of them peeking out at the back of the galley cabinet.  The rest are conveniently located behind that bulkhead, and in the space on the other side, behind where the oven usually is.

We'll let you know how it goes.

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