Sunday, 23 June 2013
Haul-out in Nanaimo: Good experience with Nanaimo Boatyard at Stones Marina
We hauled out at Nanaimo Boatyard (“NB”) at Stones Marina. Our first time at this boatyard, we had heard good reviews from friends, their prices were better than Vancouver area and, importantly, they have a large Travelift, so we would not have to remove our backstay.
Our plans were fairly simple: (i) haul out and pressure wash the bottom (by NB), (ii) wetsand/clean the bottom then 2 coats of bottom paint (by us), (iii) replace 3 zincs (by us); (iv) fair keel’s very minor nick (by NB) , (v) repack stuffing box, check stern tube hose, and consider dripless stuffing box (by NB), and (vi) if time, polish hull (by us).
We booked a nearby motel, not being sure what it would be like to stay aboard at this boatyard. Turns out, this was not necessary. The boatyard allowed staying aboard and would have been perfectly comfortable, with good showers, etc. Oh well, next time….
The haul out (and splashing back in) was the most careful we have yet experienced. The yard very organized. The pressure washing was definitely the best we have seen. But the better surprise was how quickly NB staff got onto the items we requested them to do. Half a day into the haulout, the stuffing box was shining, repacked and with a new stern tube hose (turns out, after measuring, they determined a PYI dripless box would not fit), and the keel was faired and sanded (as I said, it was minor: it only cost $42 to repair!). Meanwhile, David was still scraping/sanding the bottom, and Michelle polishing! After two nights (due to low tide, we had to haul out/in in the later afternoon), we were finished.
Very impressed with Nanaimo Boatyard at Stones Marina.
After splashing back into the water, we spent an evening at the Nanaimo Yacht Club's reciprocal docks (good facilities), then had an excellent sail across to Howe Sound -- so much faster with a clean/smooth bottom!), where we recovered in Port Graves for 2 nights (we were tired!) before returning to our home dock at VRC in Vancouver.