I wasn’t going to bore everyone with the detail below, but you’ll see why at the end.
When we were going to bring her home, and because I had not finished some work needed on an excavator trailer that I have. I ended up taking a twin axle Ifor williams plant trailer I have instead, I use this trailer regularly so it could not stay on there.
Below is a rough drawing (with a similar boat) of the platform it will rest on, the boat only weighs around 1300-1500kg so it can easily be jacked up with a couple of hydraulic jacks and timber props. it will rest on two concrete block piles in my garden, and then I can drive the trailer out from underneath; or reverse it in if needed, this will only happen once a year if its not kept down the harbour on a mooring, which is only around £200/year and in winter it can go on the hard standing there or bring it home (3 miles) to sit on this platform to work on.
So having run out of time I took my other trailer on what I hoped would be an uneventful journey or so I thought!
So me and my dad travel 300 miles to Plymouth having made the decision last minute to take my other trailer, will it fit was the the big question? the measurements say it will fit, but will it in practice?
well we are going anyway!
So off we go, tired before we even get there,,, I had a couple of hrs dozing and my dad drove.
We get there lunchtime, all good but very tired.
Here she is on the slip first time I see her.
Don’t look toooo bad.
we pressure washed off the mussels and growth with the boat yards washer before they stepped down the mast, picked her up and loading her onto the trailer.
plenty of rigging, first time I seen all this as I bought her on Ebay without seeing her.
Mast head light, Vhf Ariel and wind indicator up there, that’s all good.
Here the marina guys lift her off the slip to my trailer.
So here she is ready for the journey home, and it fits, oh yeeah!
She is lashed on well, I made a wooden block for the bow to rest in, all fits quite well.
So now for the journey home, approx 300 miles, heavy, not towed it before, butterflies in stomach, now lets get them flying in formation for the journey home.
We leave at 7p.m, I get home after a long night, with a couple of service station stops for rest and food, steady 50 m.p.h all the way, not a hiccup, no punctures, no snaking, no redoing the straps, no shifting on trailer, all good,,,,,,,,,,or SO I THOUGHT!!!!!
Two days later, this arrived in the post:!!!
I don’t believe it a £60 fine!, we followed the sat nav, 10 minutes after we left from picking the boat up and it took us up a narrow residential street in Plymouth, it brought us out by the Tamar Bridge, the road going up a very long hill crammed with parked cars ended in a Bus/taxi lane! So for safety sake and no other option there was no way but to drive through the lane as it was impossible to turn around or do a 3 point turn on a hill with a heavy trailer with anti reverse braking, never mind a boat on it also! So I will contest that ticket, and hopefully someone in Plymouth council will see sense and waive it……..yeh right.
So thats the end of it, yes,,,,,,errr no! have you ever heard of the film groundhog day, sure you have?
Two days later this arrived in the post!!!!
Now you have really got to be kidding me!! there was a storm on the way home and it was very windy, so driving was o.k but tense, we went in the services, WELCOME BREAK, Gordano, had something to eat in the restaurant and used the toilet and for safety sake had a sleep in the car for a few hrs, in the middle of the night! in the wide open car park that can take hundreds of cars and there was about 6 in there, if that! apparently (and I swear I seen no signs in the dark car park) you can stay only for a couple of hours or you have to pay, never in my life have I come across that in a UK motorway service station before, and since the government highways department rightly suggest taking decent breaks from driving to remain safe, no doubt some clever penny pincher decided lets now put tariffs in motorway car parks and catch as many unsuspecting motorists as possible.
And we were a paying customer in the restaurant!!! I tell you what if they don’t waive that one I’ll never set foot in a WELCOME BREAK service station again as long as I Live!!!
So the journey did have some events, but I didn’t find out until a week after I got home!
Plymouth Council wrote me a nice letter lecturing me how I should obey the (their) rules. Even after appealing on the uncatergorized circumstance grounds and explain in great detail with maps and photos how I had no choice and how there was no indication the road was closed to normal traffic until you get up a very long steep hill (couple of miles?)
It seems the uncatergorized circumstance grounds means that when you give a sensible reason for the sake of safety some bored civil servant sits there and says, ‘umph he got a boat, book him Danno!’ So I paid!
The Welcome Break ticket, they wrote again (parking eye company who run welcome break car parks), I did not pay, Instead I wrote direct to welcome break and complained, haven’t heard anything since, they would have to pull my finger nails out before I paid that one!!