Below is YOLO all the way up the creek and waiting to be loaded onto the trailer to lift out. You can see a couple of the guys in the water next to our hull. They snorkeled under to see where to position the I-beams of the trailer so they wouldn't damage the shaft or propeller. They took quite a while pondering where they wanted to position our boat. Jason dinghied back out and brought in a schematic diagram showing where the lifting points were according to the builder so they could get a better idea.
YOLO at the slipway of Phuket Premier Boatyard. Guys on shore are holding us in place with lines at all four corners.
They decided to change one of the supports on the trailer to better match the underside of YOLO and keep it level when pulling it out. They wheeled in another I-beam with pads on it to sit at a different level. One would go under the keel and one under the hull. We've not been hauled out by a trailer before so this was interesting watching them make adjustments to keep our boat safe.
You can see the hydraulic hoses from the tractor to the trailer for lifting.
The yard workers are riding on the trailer as it gets backed into the water to go under YOLO. These guys get wet at work a lot, but they don't seem to mind. They just duck their heads under to check things are ok and then they lift the trailer with hydraulics.
The tractor gets down into the water to get the trailer all the way under YOLO. Another tractor is then used to help pull this tractor back out and up the slipway. That way, wet, slippery tires don't cause the boat to bounce and jiggle as it is being lifted out.
Notice the Ford tractor pulling us out of the creek on the trailer. One of the very few Fords we saw in this country. The different levels of the trailer keep the boat level.
YOLO is up and out of the water.
Believe it or not, we'd just cleaned the hulls a couple of weeks earlier. The dirty water in this part of the world is full of nutrients that encourage slime and barnacle growth. They got around to powerwashing most of it off later. From this view standing a ways off, you can't even see the black tire marks left from the fuel delivery boat from Penang.
They wanted to back us into a tight space just off the slipway as we weren't planning on being there long. The boatyard has a storage yard about a mile away, but they didn't want to move us any further than necessary to let us get our work done.
Squeezed between the palms to our final resting spot for the week and a half we were here. They parked our friends on Merkava just in front of us when they got hauled out.
It took many men to wheel away the I-beam supports for the trailer once we were sitting on the supports.
In Ao Chalong Bay, there is a shallow spot and this boat looks like it found it the unfortunate way and sunk. Those brown things on the edge are big barrels that someone is trying to use as floatation to salvage the boat. When we came back to Ao Chalong Bay after our haulout, the boat was gone. That is the second boat we've seen aground on this shallow spot in the bay and we make sure we give it plenty of room when we anchor near here.
My cameras failed me in Thailand and I got no pictures of the Cruiser's Party and our fun times at Yacht Haven Marina. We were in the marina for one night since the marina gave us free berthing for the night of the party. We filled up with water, made a trip to the big town and stores with friends in their rental car and headed back down the coast to reprovision, to clear out and head for Sri Lanka. It seems we never have enough time in Thailand to do all the fun things we want, but we're moving on anyway.