The RAFYC maintenance dock is a very economic alternative to a lift out for a pre-season scrub and touch up of the anti-fouling, Sancerre had 3 coats a year ago and another in July so should be OK for this season but the boot line was changed in July so an extra coat on that seems sensible and perhaps another coat of blue if it looks thin and time permits.
The dock is equipped with an industrial standard power washer so once the tide has dropped the clean does not take long, but you do have to be careful not to take off the anti-foul by getting too close.
The dock sill is at 2m above datum and Sancerre draws 1.7 metres so I need close to 4 metres to get in and out safely allowing for a lower than predicted tide if there is particularly high atmospheric pressure and / or a NE wind. That is not available at neaps so I went for the 13th March, four days before the neap tide, far enough away to avoid being "neaped" (Having sufficient water on one tide but insufficient on the next to get out or off) but close enough that I would have enough daylight for the scrub, replacing the anodes and any touch up work.
|The days tide as shown by Admiralty "Total Tide", many|
apps do not show the curve for the Hamble accurately, particularly
the 2nd high, often shown as a simple "stand" or not at all and
the "Young Flood Stand" starting c 2.5 hours after low water.
Admiralty "Total Tide" vs the rest.
|Total Tide will do a lot more and to a very fine resolution, of|
course wind and atmospheric pressure will impact the above
but its a very good starting point. Unfortunately it only runs
on a PC.
|And tidal streams as well - more than shown on the charts, here|
the Portland inshore route is just opening on March 17th although
at the time of writing it looks like the weather will not be good
enough to leave that week.
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