A forklift is used with a specialized hydraulic trailer for getting her off the jacks that cradled her all winter.
Two large slings are run underneath and tightened individually around the bottom of the boat via controls on the lift so she is level during the whole lowering process.
Then the boat is gently lowered down into the water.
The slings are heavy and lowered further allowing the boat to power out in reverse from the little bay. That's Sailor Tom helping out and waving while my Dad pilots.
Once she's out they raise the slings, power the lift forward and then it's onto the next boat.
Here is BYGONE as she motored away for her first trip of the season around the harbor.
It's a pretty cool thing requiring skill and patience on the part of the dock crew and I never tire of watching them do this. In fact, I plan my annual trip just so I will get to see
the plunking of the boats! :)
Parting shot: Foxy, Queen of all she surveys!