One year on…

April 23, 2012

Macwester Malin 32 ketch alongside April 2012 

This time last year we were in the middle of the North Sea bringing our newly-purchased 32ft Macwester Malin over from Naarden in the Netherlands to its new home on the River Forth in Scotland. If you’re interested, you can read about our North Sea passage here, and see photos here.

One year on, we were alongside the pier at our club doing some last-minute prep work before popping our yacht on her mooring for the season. As you can see above, when this photo was taken we still had to put the furling genoa back on, along with installing the anchor and a few other jobs.

tide blank stern

Although we renamed our Macwester Malin after a spot in middle of our North Sea passage called “Indefatigable Banks”, we hadn’t actually managed to get her new name on the stern throughout last season. The back-up plan was to get that job done while she was out of the water over the winter, but for one reason or another that didn’t happen either.

So I got my wellies on, and with the tide on the way in (see photo above), I only had a short window to perform the task. I initially tried to use just masking tape for guide lines, but this wasn’t a great solution. In the end I used a combination of  masking tape, and pencil to mark the hull directly.

Malin stern

With the timely help of a friend from the club, just as the tide was approaching the upper reaches of our wellies we got the job finished. Unfortunately I don’t have a great shot of the stern yet …maybe I’ll post a better image in another post.

Mooring bound

Getting the genoa back on took three of us as the wind had picked-up. However once the genoa was installed, and I’d checked the rigging, we set-off for the short journey to our mooring. The weather was threatening, but didn’t actually break during the journey. Getting on to the mooring with our new Hippo foam-filled buoy in place proved to be much easier, as we hoped would be the case.

Macwester Malin 32 with Hippo mooring buoy

Then at last it was time to toast our yacht’s new name. ‘Indefatigable Banks’ still needs a good power wash, but by the time we switched the engine off …it really did feel like coming home.


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