Putting Heldeleine to Bed for the Winter

We enjoyed our 2 days in Lagos. It is a touristy town with a very touristy marina. But we were OK with the excellent restaurants and the safe harbor.

Tourist Mode

We needed to prepare the boat for the extended 10 month stay ashore. This required many hours of stripping off all exterior canvas, cleaning the interior and wrapping cushions etc. Also, there was changing the engine and generator oil and a plethora of other needed chores.

Heldeleine was spending the winter next to the Marina at the Sopromar Boat Yard. Sopromar has an excellent reputation among the sailing tribe. The day arrived. We motored past the pedestrian bridge and went back down the channel to the commercial port where the yard is located. After a typically nail-biting but surprisingly easy backing up into the narrow stone (1 foot clearance on each side) jetty, Heldeleine was lifted out of the water and driven to her landing spot.

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All went very well with the Yard crew doing an excellent and professional job moving, blocking and  leveling the boat correctly. There she will reside until I lay eyes on her again in June. Happy Holidays to one and all!!

So, until next summer……

Photo: Laurie Fink Inc.

Next Up: Big Plans for Heldeleine’s Return in 2018!!


Putting Heldeleine to Bed for the Winter — 7 Comments

  1. Thanks for the update Dan, you can tell you’d been sailing…the bottom still looks great! Hope you’re having a marvelous holiday season with your family, and wishing you all the best in the upcoming year! Will look forward to your next adventure on Heldeleine! Cheers, Jayne

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