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Old 30 September 2016, 17:14   #1
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End of Season surprises - 2016

Today was the day the willkcraft ran out of mooring insurance and had to be recovered for the winter - which was a bit sh1tty but there you go. I had taken the trailer for a service and general tidy beforehand. It is an Indespension Super Rollercoaster 10 with bearing buddies. After three seasons the bearings are still pristine and went back on (again). It needed two wheels worth of brake shoes replaced due to delamination but the various braking components were good. It also needed two bearing back seals replaced - my bad.

So anyway - when we got out to the mooring we dipped her and discovered that she had waaay too much diesel in the tank for shipping so we took her for a last hurrah trip up the Swilly and out to sea. A very nice couple of hours with rainstorms, rainbows, sunshine and dolphins...

Such dolphins! Thank you dolphins for a Grand Finale to 2016. Photos as usual by donegaldan.
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Old 30 September 2016, 17:44   #2
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A great way to finish the season. Better than us last week got battered with rain so it was a wet final recovery and it only stopped when we git to JWM in Greenock where she was going for a pressure wash before being tucked away for the winter. How long till April ??👍😄
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Old 30 September 2016, 17:48   #3
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How long till April ??👍😄
Too long Billy, too long.

But when the winter comes, it's good to be home and dry - Sayonara 2016...
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And my season's only about to start!
might be a very short season
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Old 30 September 2016, 18:39   #5
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Brilliant photo's - Completely Jealous !
Where abouts in Ireland ?
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Way to make the best of it!
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Thank you dolphins for a Grand Finale to 2016.
Obviously not an NFL fan

Curious as to the too much diesel to ship?
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Curious as to the too much diesel to ship?
I think the willkcraft is too heavy to be Road legal when her tanks are full. Therefore he had the "chore" of finding a way to bring the weight down with a long run. I suspect he's only slightly more likely to get caught than you in the Bahamas!
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Old 01 October 2016, 05:47   #9
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I'm not understanding this "end of season" thing. It seems like a self imposed sentence of misery.

So your boats out the water sitting on a serviceable trailer......this is where I start from every week.

It's nice being on the trailer because you can keep up with all the we jobs that need doing and you sleep better when it's blowing a gale out there.....down side, you have to spend an extra 5mins putting it in and another 5mins pulling it out, down at the marina.

We've had some cracking runs out in November and December, February & March can be difficult, but I've steamed the water pump to thaw the ice and dragged the boat out over two inches of snow in the drive.....was it worth it, probably not, but even Loch Lomond can be a nice run in the winter when it's quiet.

Come on guys.....need more of a "can do" attitude
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Where abouts in Ireland ?
Trawbreaga Bay, with Malin Head in the background? - as a guess
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