Monday, April 4, 2016

Dirty Boat Day 2016

This year, with the recent addition of two Vanguards that were already relatively clean, it didn't take long to get the four hulls on the dock washed down. A little pressure washing and some soap does the trick quite well.

Once we got that out of the way, it was time to work on our new Vanguard cradle that was prefabricated the day before. The idea is to use a strap to reduce stress on the hull while it is on the dock.

Here you can see the old cradle in the foreground

Here is the new cradle
I don't have a picture yet, but we removed the roller on the deck edge and added a simple outdoor carpet for hauling out the Vanguards. This is another measure we hope will reduce the stress put on the hulls as they get splashed or hauled out.

We of course had a little bit of time to try out one of our new Vanguards. We also tried to show off for (what we think was) a Kitsap Sun photographer that was covering Kitsap activities for their outdoor guide.