First off, Southport is full of fat birds but they appreciate the attention more
Here's what's happening at the slip next to were my boat is stored,
After doing all the checks to the boat and getting into my drysuit I reverse the trailer down the short, curved slip by hand as there's not enough room for the van. (At Knott end I was using Dave Wavelength's over the side method and found it great for launching but it's not an option at this one) Boat gets pushed off the trailer with no effort and walked around to a pontoon, tied off and so I can move the trailer. Last time I did this I had to give myself a bit as my heart condition decided that day I should have stayed at home.
After compossing myself
I jump on the RIB and off I go and it transforms me! All stress, sh!t and Sh!te are left on land and I feel like new.
Coming back in, moor up and get the trailer. Tie the trailer off to a post at the top walk it back down the short slip and take up the slack on the rope and tie off. Pull the boat round by hand and get the bow into the rear rollers. Winch the rest on. Off I go.
The trouble is, due to my condition latley, I start to feel un well due to the recovery. Hense why I thought a lighter, smaller boat would be an option to lesson the physical strain.
But leaving it on a perminante river mooring would solve all of that.
My main concern with that is the flooding hull and things growing inside. If you've looked at a hull that hasn't been moved for a week or two you'll see how much growth is hanging off (well you do around here anyway, not sure about them there foreign waters you get down south
). Imagine that inside the hull?
So I'd need to seal the hull up. Was thinking last night and I believe MikeCC had the best idea. Block off the hull but with a bilge pump shoved in there and the pipe coming up through one of the drain holes in the floor.
Congrats if you've read all of the above and not gone to sleep