I THOUGHT I WAS FINISHED?

Once the boat was finished and moved to Tambobo I had to create a permanent mooring for Sweetie in front of the house where I was living. The idea was to sink a heavy object out behind where the boat would tie up for the back of the boat to be attached to, and then run a line off the front of the boat to the shore. This way the boat would be allowed to float out away from the shore over the deep part. That way I wouldn't have to keep moving the boat as the tide came in and out.

For the first week or so I tried throwing out a stern anchor as I came in towards the shore. I would then tie the front of the boat up to a pole on the shore. This didn't work out very well. If I tied up the boat during high tide there would be too much slack in the lines when the tide went out, and the boat would be all over the place. If I tied up the boat during low tide the lines would either be too tight when the tide came in so that I couldn't pull the boat far enough towards the shore so I could get in, or the force of the lines would be too much and the anchor would pull up and then the boat would be all over the place again.

I needed a heavy object. I made one by digging a large hole in the sand out behind the house. I mixed up a few of cubic feet of concrete and poured it in into the hole. I then imbedded several loops of heavy nylon fishing line into the concrete leaving one loop sticking out. The idea was to sink this chunk of concrete into the deep part with a heavy nylon rope attached to it. The rope would be long enough to reach from the concrete (in about 40 feet/15 meters of water), up to the surface, and then in far enough so the boat could be pulled into the shallow beach where I could get to it during high tide. What would keep the line tight so the boat wouldn't wander up and down the beach with the wind? A float attached to the rope. When the rope was pulled tight, the float would go under water, which would put tension on the line as the float tried to get back to the surface.

Above is the chunk of concrete on the right. It's laying on its side. The hole is on the left.

Now all I had to do was get the mooring from here to the beach. Luckily it was all downhill, and I was able to just roll it down to the sea.

The pig, nearby, wasn't much help. He just laughed and made jokes as I rolled by.

Below is a not very good picture of the concrete mooring sitting in the shallow water just in front of Sweetie. It had to be dropped fairly far out in the water, at least a couple of boat lengths beyond where the beach dropped off. It was a little too heavy to carry while swimming (about 300 pounds/136 kilograms), so I attached it to the front of Sweetie at low tide and waited for the sea to lift the boat and the mooring. When it was off the bottom I drove Sweetie out to the drop point and let the mooring go to the bottom.

It worked out really well. The heavy nylon rope, along with the float, floated. There was a permanent loop in the end of the rope. As I came in towards the shore I would reach over the side of the boat, pick up the loop, attach it to a cleat at the back of the boat, and keep driving towards shore. When I was close enough to shore I'd cut and stow the engine letting the momentum of the boat (all 1500 pounds/680 kilograms of it) carry it in close enough to where I could jump off the front on to the beach. When everyone was off the boat I'd grab a coiled up line off the front deck of the boat, tie it to the shore, and let the float on the aft line pull the boat back out over the deep water. Simple.

Just because the boat was finished didn't mean that the work was over. There was constant cleaning, scraping, scraping, and cleaning to be done. Below is a picture of the first haul out. The coconut logs were placed under the boat as the tide went out leaving the boat high and dry.



DIRECT LINKS TO PAGES:
HOW BUILD A BIG BOAT
THE CONCEPT
THE BEGINNING
WORKING WORKING
ALMOST READY
JUST A COUPLE MORE THINGS
FLOAT TEST
A GOOD DAY
THE NOT SO POINTY END
THE OUTSIDE
THE INSIDE AND THE TOPSIDE
FINISHING TOUCHES
LAUNCH DAY
I THOUGHT I WAS FINISHED?
WHAT IT WAS BUILT FOR

2018-02-08