I did it the easy way this year, Salterns had a special offer on hoist outs this year and I couldn't bring myself to go wading around upto my neck at Baiter park. Paul and myself booked for the same morning, it's easier if we help each other. The first lift was booked for 11am with the second at half past. Fortunately they were flexible as we were a little late getting there. Not much to say about the lift out, except it was a doddle. There is a wee vid clip below (It starts with Pauls Corribee then switches to Ciao Bella, just for continuity of the process).
Despite using the cheapest antifoul the wetted area seemed remarkably clean, it looks like I'll have to raise the boot top again, she's had a head start for Movember :)
Once out we had to concentrate on getting the masts down and strapping the boat down ready for trailering. Both went remarkably easily considering the wind. We didn't have A frames, just used the roller furler to steady the decent.
Paul had a posse ready and waiting at his house to help push the trailer up his drive, we then flew back to Salterns to pick up Ciao Bella. By 4pm both boat were safely back at their respective winter homes. That's one heck of a relief with this lot coming...