During our recent sailing trip mentioned in my previous blog, we moored at Saldanha Bay Yacht Club on the second evening. The fire was on the blaze and we were having a cold beer and chatting about our sailing adventure so far, when we were treated to the sight of a yacht being taken out of the water on a winch. The fouling on the hull and keel was not too bad, so this meant the sea-life which had attached itself could be taken off with a high pressure water cleaner.
The skipper piloted the yacht under motor onto the underwater carriage using the two visible metal poles for guidance and then attached the yacht to the poles on the far side of the carriage with ropes. The winch then pulled the yacht up the ramp and out of the water. This entire procedure took less than half an hour to accomplish.