It is always with mixed feelings that I pack Aurora up for the winter. It marks the end of the boating year, but I am also glad our little boat is sheltered from the sea and the weather.
This year was a near perfect haul out. I arrived at the mooring to find that the shackle on backup chain had worked loose, so it was none too soon to attend to that. I had Alice to help me and the boat was soon on the slipway. It was a warm sunny day, which made the necessary hull cleaning less unpleasant.
The only mistake I made was to put off de-rigging Aurora to Sunday morning, because heavy rain rolled in during the early hours and, despite an extended breakfast hoping the rain would ease, I was forced to work in the downpour. At least the boat was thoroughly rinsed of salt.