Launching the Big Boys

Here in the northeast we are well into the launching season. Winter was long and hard here and somewhere mid to late May, Mother Nature flipped the switch and turned on summer. With barely a springtime for boat prep, those of us who have not yet launched are madly working on bottom paint, varnishing and the other systems needed to get the boat well equipped and ready to go! These few videos will put your own project into a scale that will hopefully make you appreciate the size of your job. And the size of your fuel tank and the bill that comes with it.

These new superyachts are escorted to the slings by entire companies of boatworkers. No one standing under the boat in the lift to paint where the poppets stood for the winter. There aren’t any last minute phone calls to friends for extra hands or cases of beer to the lift operators for cutting ahead in line at the travelift. (not me…)

Imagine, though, if these superyacht owners had to paint their own bottoms or buff their own topsides – I bet one million of us would tune into that show. Wonder how many gallons of paint it takes to paint the bottom of Irimari below here? Anyone want to guess?

And then down below again here is something to ground us. A few boats being launched on a mystery island where there is no travelift. There is barely a boat ramp (UPDATE: New boat ramp for 2015!)  and they use a fork lift with slings to launch boats of all shapes and sizes. There is basically ONE show in town for these boats, and Mr Name Removedtoprotectinnocent is  THE man. Wonder how long his list is for a hoist and dump?

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I’ll run out to said mystery island this weekend and investigate more about this launching system. It’s my duty. You’re welcome!

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