Thursday, April 22, 2010


HoistingSomething that is occupying my time right now is hoisting stuff on and off Lady Jane.

Because of the effect of the tidal range on how high the quay wall is from Lady Jane, getting stuff on and off her using the ladder is not as easy as you would imagine.

When the tide is in, the ladder sits almost flat while with the tide out, the ladder is at full stretch.

Oh yes, and getting across when the ladder is lying flat is not dignified, to say the least.

The ladder is also prone to moving about, sometimes unexpectedly, as the swell moves Lady Jane.

The issue is compounded with the very handy, but large, fenders which sit between Lady Jane and the quay wall. This easily adds a metre or so between the two, often more, making simply reaching across almost impossible.

The cut down pallet you see, made by Fred, is the start of the base for the 'hoist basket' I'm making.

Once I have the hoist working, this should mean no more balancing loads while navigating up, down or across the ladder.

1 comment:

  1. Just found your blog. I think what you're doing is awesome. I have a ton of questions, but will dig through the archives first before bugging you. Best of luck figuring out the hoisting problem.