The Knitting Sailor


You might have noticed….
July 31, 2013, 8:37 am
Filed under: the Captains Cabin | Tags: , , ,

That my blue laser was being polished at Kielder. Not South Shields.

So this left one last piece of the puzzle – to get the boat to South Shields.  We pondered this.  It had a road trailer which the Mr was convinced we would never get out if the ‘stacking’ system in the trailer park – apparently it would take at least half a day.

Twenty minutes later the road trailer was out at the expenses of only several bruises, nettle stings over most of my feet (sandals really aren’t a good sartorial choice) and a couple of gratuitous oil stains on hands, legs and skirt (skirt?!?!  What was I thinking).

And we had brought out beautiful van to tow it! Hooray!!

Only not quite.

Apparently the bearings were shot.  All I know is that it involves grease and is not good.  I suggested we get more grease.  I don’t actually know where the local grease retailer is up by Kielder, but it couldn’t be that far… Could it?

I suggested we asked some other people at the club if they had grease.  This was not an option primarily due to it being a man who was dealing with the grease and as everyone knows you can’t ask for help when a man is already doing the job.  That’s insulting their man-ness.  And it didn’t matter anyhow as the suspension was broken.   I didn’t even know that trailers had suspension.
I did moot the point that as we only needed to move the boat once, did it really matter?

From the silence this received I assume the answer was yes.

This then led to protracted discussion amongst the club about how we could fix it.   New wheel units from eBay, using the trailer from a different boat, kicking the tyres a bit, car topping it.  This looked like it was going to take some time.  Several hours later talk had moved to coming back and looking at it some more next week.

I went away and sent a quick email.

This is my boat being delivered to South Shields by the Boatfixer (and family) as well as tangible proof of why women should rule the world.

It's on a double stacker and everything
It’s on a double stacker and everything
The Laser in its new home - with thanks to the Boatfixer and family!
The Laser in its new home – with thanks to the Boatfixer and family!

I’ll worry about the trailer later – and tonight? Well tonight I’m going sailing.

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4 Comments so far
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A GR8 post! Thx!

Comment by Doc Häagen-Dazs

Welcome back!

Comment by knittingsailor

Don’t you understand that the ability to fix any problems with a boat trailer entirely by himself is a test of a man’s virility?

Comment by Tillerman (@ProperCourse)

I do now.
It’s at South Shields and still broken for any man wishing to prove their virility.

I may get a sign…

Comment by knittingsailor




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