Tuesday 26thShamrock's bilges are pumped out as despite the fact that she is out of the water they still manage to fill up, something to do with all the rain. Forward cabin is also cleared of all the rubbish that had accumulated during the caulking of the deck. A bit warmer in there than outside.
Wednesday 27thShaune's a happy bunny as the problem with the fire-pump has been solved and it ran long enough to clear all the mud from the slipway a foot (30cm) or more from the bottom of the dock. Shamrock's bulwarks appear to have measles as all the exposed patches are primed ready for painting when it gets warmer.
Thursday 28thA quick hose down of the slipway to remove the mud that the last two tides had deposited.
Late morning, break out the mooring ropes and put them in position, remove all Shamrock's shores then, with the aid of a tractor, move Shamrock to the bottom of the slipway and attach the mooring ropes.
Shamrock floated successfully off it's winter cradle on the evening tide, she was then roped across the dock and made fast. She will need a few more week's work before she is ready to receive visitors. Time for a quick pasty and then home to warm up.