February 2008

Once again we found ourselves in the capable hands of Nanaimo Shipyard for our annual haul-out. Every four years the Columbia III must undergo an extensive Canada Ministry of Transportation “underwater inspection” and this was the year. We had the rudder, propeller and main drive shaft pulled for inspection. The thru-hull fittings were dissembled for inspection and upgrading. Our anchor chains where flaked neatly on the marine carriage and all awaited our M.O.T. inspectors. Geoge and John came and gave the boat a thorough inspection and happily they were most impressed . . . and I sighed with relief.

Since we had the propeller off, we had it sent out to be “swung” . . . which means to balance, fair and polish. It certainly looked good when it went back on.

Fresh anti-fouling paint, new zincs and thoroughly certified. Good for another year! (well, another four years!)

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