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WINTER IN CROATIA: DESTINY ON THE HARD

October 28th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
Destiny came out of the water at Marina Dalmajcia in Sukosan first thing in the morning on October 26th, but our preparations for the haul started before.  Thankfully the high winds and heavy rain passed through two days before the haul date, giving us time to dry out the boat, inside and out.  The boat and all the canvas was washed clean from the rain—a plus for putting the boat up for the winter.  Preparations to haul started while still on anchor. 
Mainsail comes down at anchor

Mainsail comes down at anchor

Kent Removes Main

Kent Removes Main

Now the Jib

Now the Jib

Then we moved into the marina the afternoon before the haul where preparations continued. 

Into the marina

Into the marina

Drying the gennaker

Drying the gennaker

Cleaning and stowing dinghy

Cleaning and stowing dinghy

While we were preparing to haul, the charter fleets in the marina were going about their fall routine of cleaning and drying sails–but to us it looked like “dock sailing”.
Charter boats as far as you can see

Charter boats as far as you can see

 

Dock sailing

Dock sailing

 

Our last Sukosan Sunset before haul

Our last Sukosan Sunset before haul

Finally, haul date has arrived.  We are ready!
Next morning. . .We're ready to go!

Next morning. . .We're ready to go!

Dalmacjia is expensive but professional

Dalmajcia is expensive but professional

Releasing Backstay

Releasing Backstay

Slow but sure

Slow but sure

Finally, Destiny is on land.

Easy does it

Easy does it

Destiny will winter next to Glass Slipper

Destiny will winter next to Glass Slipper

Kent supervises final adjustments

Kent supervises final adjustments

Now to reattach the backstay

Now to reattach the backstay

Destiny on the hard

Destiny on the hard

Now Kent goes to work covering Destiny.

Destiny ready for winter

Destiny ready for winter

 

Snug Cockpit

Snug Cockpit

Kent's Masterpiece

Kent's Masterpiece

Destiny is ready for winter and we are ready to head home.  Tonight we travel by overnight ferry from Zadar to Ancona, Italy.  From there we rent a car and spend several days touring in Italy enroute to Venice and our flight home on November 2nd.

 

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