‘Gleda’ Is In Weir Quay
I’ve got to be honest, the novelty of seeing my precious boat hanging from various strops, chains and cranes, being swung about and manoeuvred this way and that, being set down and lifted again and generally being put through what a boat wasn’t built to do has worn off now.
After an overnight stop en route ‘Gleda’ arrived at Weir Quay this morning and after some 4 hours everything is now sitting safe and sound in Weir Quay Boatyard.
Loading yesterday went pretty well although the port hull was a darned tight fit on the low loader trailer. The hull had to be turned 180′ in the air so that the stern could slot in between the rear ramps on the trailer and fitting the pod up on the front platform was quite challenging too.
Here’s a couple of stills of the loading:
All of the above was completed on the warmest day of the year so far with temperatures around 25’C, unbelievable!
It took all afternoon to get everything loaded but at about 4.30 ‘Gleda’ hit the road South. Click on the picture below to watch the video.
The wagons made it down to Avonmouth near Bristol before pulling in for the night and they were at Weir Quay for about 10am this morning.
We always new things would be a little tricky at Weir Quay there are a few miles of twisty narrow lanes to get to the yard and once down by the water there’s a tight turn and only a narrow lane out front of the yard. There was no way the wagons could be backed into the yard so we had to park up across the gat and crane ‘Gleda’ off from there.
Here’s a view showing the final turn and then looking down the lane, the yard gate is just on the left:
To make things easier the guys bought the wagons down to the yard one at a time, leaving one parked up in the village of Bere Alston. I ran ‘escort’, driving in front to make sure anything coming the other way got pulled over well out of the way before the wagon came through.
Once at the yard Mike and his team got to work lifting ‘Gleda’ off the trailer and into the yard.
Even getting the last empty trailer back out proved challenging as ‘Ferret’ the driver had to reverse back down the lane and then, back in Bere Alston we crossed paths with a large funeral party, there were cars and tractors parked everywhere and once clear ‘Ferret’ indicated to me that in some places the clearance he had was somewhat akin to the thickness of a cigarette wrapping (I’m paraphrasing!).
Anyway another long stressful day draws to a close with another significant milestone passed, tomorrow if all goes well we’ll get the hulls positioned correctly and start prepping to drop the beams in. Unfortunately the weather has turned for the worse and torrential rain is forecast for Thursday so we’ll have to see how we go.
Not experiencing the long anticipated stress free relaxed boating lifestyle just yet!