craig48uk 8:21pm, 23 April 2011
Chiron's container should hopefully be available next week, so in a month or so she'll be back in Scotland finally.
The keel came off eventually, but not without banging a coal chisel in the joint at the trailing edge to beak the sealant. She now sits on the trailer at a whopping 7ft 6 inches high, giving 10 inches of clearance on the doorway for the 40ft Hi-Cube container.
Toward SC's Regatta is June 11th, so I see zero possibility of making that, especially as I need to get a new keel plate fabricated and possibly new bolts, as the heads are somewhat degraded.
Pics to follow......
On another topic, if anyone reads Yachts & Yachting, the picture of the Melges 32 "Jurakan" in the St Thomas Rolex, or BVI Spring Regatta, is the boat I was on for the Caribbean regatta circuit and I'm one of the poor beggars hiking my guts out to keep her flat. It's possibly the wettest boat I've ever been on, you're pretty much hiking the boat flat downwind and you're underwater most of the time, potentially over 20 knots! Not a cold weather boat, but hard work and a lot of fun.
craig48uk 8 years ago
Container is on island as of tomorrow. The Hi-Cube 40ft initially wasn't available, but it now is allegedly. Guess taking the pullpit, hatch garage and coachroof winches off wasn't required, but was less than an hours work so....Whatever, if it is a Hi-Cube I don't have to take the mast off the deck.
Ship sails on Wednesday week for the Dominican Republic, then on to the UK and hopefully Greenock, arriving 26-27 days later.
pjbharrison 8 years ago
Good luck with the journey.
Where in Scotland will she be moored?
craig48uk 7 years ago
Current plan is Toward SC at the tail end of the Cowal peninsula, south of Dunoon and Holy Loch. Hope to get a few months sailing after the keel is back on before everyone hauls out again!
Amrum 9171Y 7 years ago
Great pics of the boat and container! Such a pretty hull design. I'm sure it's been asked before, but how many 7m were built? It should have sold big numbers. but I guess it didn't. Pity!
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NormanKlipspringer 7 years ago
Chris Butler tells me about 12 were built. For other dimensions see www.achillesyachts.co.uk/page55.html.
craig48uk 7 years ago
Container is due on June 22nd, one week later than initially hoped. So, Chiron will see the UK once more, via the M8 to Gourock for the Dunoon ferry. Once unloaded I'll have to get someone to fabricate a new internal keel plate and possibly bolts, then tow her to a yard to access lifting equipment.
Hopefully we'll have her together and sailing in July, already missing too many good days!
What an interesting little 10 year loop.......Purchased in Plymouth January 2002, towed to Fife in Scotland, raced on the River Forth for the 2002 season, shipped to the British Virgin Islands, cruised and raced in the BVI, shipped back to the UK and hopefully soon to be sailing on the Clyde and beyond! Not bad for a little boat.
craig48uk 7 years ago
Thankyou to H.M. Revenue & Customs for striking tomorrow. 6 weeks after sending Chiron off in the container, I cannot collect her until Monday now!
When they eventually all toddle back to work on Monday (apparently Friday isn't to be considered a work day either according to Grangemouth Docks) after their long weekend, perhaps I can collect my boat and belongings and get on with my life. No doubt I can also pick up the wharfage charges for the extra days in port as well!
Public Sector have their reasons I understand, just bloody annoying why it should effect those of us not involved.
Skykomish E29 7 years ago
Actually Craig I think your thoughts reflect the general feeling of the public
It does seem unfair that you will be stung for the port charges for the days they are on strike.
From a personal viewpoint I think they should consider themselves lucky that they actually have a job and pension many private sector employees have had to take pay cuts and job losses.
I on the other hand still get my Public sector pension when I am 65 nicely frozen and index linked, along with my NHS pension too.
Anyway good luck with getting Chiron back on the water let's hope the weather holds for you so that you get some enjoyment from her this summer.
craig48uk 7 years ago
Finally, after over 2 months Chiron is in the driveway. Never ending delays, questionable communication between shippers, agents and customs, compounded what you'd thought would be a routine task for them.
Never mind, just need to get new keelbolts, a new keel plate, get the keel back on and try and get some sailing before the season is out!
busy home [deleted] 7 years ago
Good to see you home.
I have keel bolt threaded rod and nuts for the 24 if you cant get any ..
craig48uk 7 years ago
Thanks. Chiron had bolts rather than studs and nuts and I have a funny feeling they may be metric, checking this tomorrow though. I know a 20mm socket removed them in the end, I had no joy with Imperial sockets, but it could have been surface corrosion.
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NormanKlipspringer 7 years ago
Welcome back.
craig48uk 7 years ago
Thanks Norman, looking forward to meeting some of you in the near future!
Scott and Portia1386 7 years ago
Craig I live just along the road inDunoon and would be happy to give any assiatance I can.

Scott
craig48uk 7 years ago
Thanks Scott, I guess you may have seen her in the driveway, if you were heading out Innellan way?
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