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Monday, 11 December 2017
 
 
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Spare Rib New Trailer

Saturday 5th March saw a versatile and incredibly small band of nearly well equipped intrepid, bold and some time divers arrive at Dapdune Wharf for the long and eagerly awaited 'swap over'!

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With drive and determination, John B 'no hammer to big', reversed 'Spare Rib' with a grace and delicacy he had has yet to be credited for, down the slipway. He regretted this shortly afterwards when trying to drive back up the slipway with the old trailer - but the wicked Wey was not to claim another victim this fine but bitter day. Before removing said trailer Duncan 'the engine is working, its just a moisture thing' battled with John B to see who would be first to fall in the river. Luckily the rest of us were so bored/cold/sober* (* delete whichever you see fit) and couldn't have cared less that they were let off - just this once....

Much holding ropes and playing around with the engine took place (you know who you are so you won't be named Duncan, Ian 'that engine isn't working, it's a moisture thing you know' and Colin 'stop talking, get on with it'. The rest of us were busy trying to line up next to each other two empty trailers - almost successfully given no one had had a beer in at least 12 hours, with the suspected exception of Keith 'bacon butty anyone? - back shortly, just got to nip out'. Both trailers were compared, line of the drawbar, height of the axle, other unimaginably boring and uninteresting details that the sane world would never ever consider and possibly a tear or two from Duncan and Keith, losing an old friend, an old pal...After much playing with tools and spanners John B and Keith got on with some work and made elaborate adjustments based on dubious measurements supplied by the others as they promised they could count past 10 without using their fingers.......well the weather was beginning to look nasty.

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It was time to put the new trailer, gallantly collected by Keith from Devon, into the horrible mucky River Wey (not my fault honest - its those sewage disposal plants) to get Spare Rib back on dry land. In steps John G 'I've got another slipway you know - would you like to see my sheds ?' who just happened to have a handy 4 wheel drive pick available for the 'big' pull up the dreaded slipway (its not called a slipway for nothing you know). Anyway - after John explained it was his toy, oops, truck and he was driving it, various exciting attempts were made to get it down the slipway. Finally by aiming at John B success was achieved. Just at this juncture, when it looked like someone may have to get in the river to assist, Graeme 'am I the only one who brought a dry suit?' finally arrived - just a tad too early, a not the unusual trait for anyone involved with such a well know but recently disappointing racing company that never seems to arrive on time... Luckily for Graeme Spare Rib slipped on almost like, well, use your imagination. A few moments later the whole combination was well and truly on dry land.

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However, not the end, far from it. Its too high was the cry, its too heavy at the drawbar was heard from the front, its not quite on the rollers from another quarter, its beginning to snow from someone who thought it time to be elsewhere. At this point Keith volunteered to undertake the 15 minute job (5 minutes to get there, 5 to do the job, 5 to get back) of nipping round to the boat shed and measuring up the size of the 'hole' Spare Rib had to fit into. Off he went. The rest of us got talking but Colin soon sorted that out. Much effort was displayed adjusting this and that and it seemed to work, nothing fell off and the boat didn't break. This took about an hour, just then Keith returned with a lingering smell of bacon and tea wafting around him...... Careful measurement were taken and few important facts ascertained. I never knew the Americans had made two aircraft carriers of the same class but one was 10ft longer than other - did you ? (thanks Ian - that'll come in useful next time I play Trivial Pursuits) What do expect though from a nation - no it'll only get censored ...back to reality and real boating. Keith announced it would fit and so it was to leave.

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After all adjustments were made, John B hitching up the trailer with Spare Rib aboard, narrowly avoiding injuring himself (or anyone else for that matter), he set off for the boat sheds. So did everyone else leaving John G with a lovely old trailer as a going away present (see me if you would like it!). After a short and I believe uneventful journey - check the Surrey Adverstiser this week - car, occupants and boat arrived back at the boatshed. Unbelievably it actually fitted in the shed (the power of bacon butties no doubt) without removal of the roof being required. A few of the gang (it's a bonding thing) stayed on to play with more exciting tools and finished making final adjustments to the trailer. It is now ready for the trip to Cornwall - please look after if you are helping take it down and back - don't think I could face the excitement and tension of changing it for another new one soon.......

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