Using Sealift2– First Lift of the Year

We haven’t lifted Southern Rival out of the water for two years.  We have had divers clean the bottom growth (grass mostly, and the prop) about twice a year, but it was time for a proper lift out and clean and anode replacement.  Also, she was overdue for a topsides cut and wax.

Sealift2 recently added a facility in Gosport– right at the end of our pontoon, actually.  I read about the service at the forums at, and it appeared to be a good and easy to use service.  I stepped into the office late in December and bought reduced price coupons for two lift outs this year, and one cut and wax for the topsides.

We have our first voyage of the year planned for 1 April, so we’re in the run up for the season.  Yesterday we had her up and out for the day.  A full photo gallery is available here:

Here are some sample images of a very successful Sunday:

Steph and Eve help land between the "goal posts."

It was easy to pull in, get clamped, tie off and be lifted.


Time for a new anode on that prop!

With shiny topsides, we prep to launch.

By the end of the mostly sunny day, we were happily back in our slip.  We also collected our cleaned and repaired main sail, and our new stackpack from Kemp Sails, and we hope to put all on next Saturday.