Monday, October 24, 2011

End of Season/ Our World

Crane lifting a boat out of the water

Eight days ago marked the end of the boating season for many boaters in Thornbury on Georgian Bay. Here you see a crane that had just hoisted this boat out of the harbour and was slowing swinging it over over two other boats to its stand where it will stay for the winter.

Straps that hold the boat

When the boat was still in the water, these straps were slowly positioned under the boat.

Moving to over the boat stand

The boats owners and a couple of workers are watching. If you look carefully, you can see that one of the the workers in brown has one end of a rope and is guiding the bow of the boat into position before it's  lowered onto the stand.

Setting the boat into its stand

Now that the boat is on its stand, the owners can check out the boat's hull to see if it needs work before next spring when it will be hoisted up and over and back into the water.

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50 comments:

Gill - That British Woman said...

We have seen a number of boats on the back of trailers coming down our road from Georgian Bay recently. Great shots and I bet interesting to watch.

Gill

Roan said...

Since we're landlocked, this is not a site we see. Interesting how its done.

Shammickite said...

I remember the days when my husband had a big sailboat and we went through having it hoisted out of the water and settled into it's cradle for the winter. A very expensive hobby.

Sandra said...

great shots, you documented the whole thing. this is a common sight here in Florida because there are more boats than slips to dock them in, so people pay hundreds of dollars to store their boats in racks up to 4 high. when they want to go out, they call and ask them to put the boat in the water. then they put it back. my son works at a yacht club that does this

Jill said...

This was so interesting. Thanks for sharing this process with us.

aka Penelope said...

Your photos of a boat being put to bed for the winter reminds me of some big beast getting ready for hibernation. The process is interesting and a sure sign that fall is over!

Halcyon said...

I do think the boating season is over. We'll just have to look forward to next year. :)

☆☆Mumsy said...

Great capture! I like little yellow color in there.

see you there! said...

That looks like a tricky business to me. Fun to see.

Darla

Kathy said...

I think boating must be an expensive hobby. But I guess if you have enough money to own and enjoy a boat of this type, you have enough to take care of it. Guess I'll stick with photography (which can also be expensive if you let it take over your life!).

Louis la Vache said...

hee hee...
High and dry!

Dawn said...

What a great set of ending-season photos. It kind of makes me sad....but I don't own a boat anyway;))

Judy said...

I always got sad when we winterized the boat for the winter.

Carver said...

These shots are all very beautiful of the boats being lifted out of the water for the season.

TexWisGirl said...

very cool! something we land-lubbers don't get to experience.

imriz said...

the yellows really stand out among the lovely boats:)

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Jarart said...

Now that is something that we here in the dry southwest don't get to see! Very interesting!

Gillian Olson said...

Interesting shots, the boats seem dwarfed by the size of the equipment used to hoist them out.

RedPat said...

Another sign of winter coming!

Elisa said...

So simple, and lovely colors!
Hace a nice week!
Elisa, Argentina

Sylvia K said...

Terrific, interesting post for the day! Great captures! There are several places here in Seattle where people keep their boats, they pretty much stay in the water all year. But, of course, we don't have the winter temps that you do! Looks like your world is ready for winter! Hope you have a lovely week!

Sylvia

Lowell said...

Uh oh! Why do you have to do that? We don't do that down this away! ;-)

(Well, we do when hurricanes head this direction!)

Nice series of shots, EG!

Gary said...

Used to do that drill myself. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Barb said...

Those guys have to be precise! Where are the hard hats?

Photo Cache said...

very interesting, it's not something i think about especially our winters are very mild and without snow here.

btw, the boats stay there or will the owners haul them to some garage?

Lesley said...

This is a major undertaking!
It is always so sad to see the marinas emptying of their masted vessels.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Such great photographs with the sky and clouds and all in the background.

I love boats (not that I know a thing about them) and cranes and so you have a winning combination in combining them. I would think putting them up like facilitates maintenance and preserves them.

Reader Wil said...

Great documentary! The photos are so sharp and clear that I think that they belong to the best I've seen today! Have a great week!

Birdman said...

These are VERY sad images, as now even fall winds down.

Kay L. Davies said...

A perfect photo-story showing a sailor's change of seasons.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Dianne said...

Great photos of something that happens in your world but never happens in mine - I guess we don't have the long cold winters that you have. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

How interesting! I always thought the boats just stayed in the water all winter long. Shows you what I know about boating. Nada! :)

eileeninmd said...

It is sad to see the summer season come to an end. I am always looking forward to Spring. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing!

Al said...

That's a great post of something that I simply never see. Sometimes I wish I lived near the ocean and had the money for a boat, as I love both.

George said...

Thanks for this picture sequence showing the boat being moved out of the water. I knew that this was done, but had not seen pictures of it being done.

Gaelyn said...

It's a sad sight when the sailing season is over. I used to stare transfixed when boats were lifted where I lived on board in Seattle.

Indrani said...

Nice action packed captures.

Rose said...

I would not want to watch them do my boat!

Randy said...

Cool shots!

ladyfi said...

What great action shots! Taking in the boats is a sure sign that summer is finally over.

Ebie said...

It is such an effort for some short summer fun.

Some experts they are.

Luna Miranda said...

it's fascinating to see these photos. here, we seldom see boats on dry land, well by the shores but not on a stand. i guess life seems a bit more faster when you have 4 seasons in a year compared to our 2 seasons here.

AJ said...

Very cool and tricky...

Gemma Wiseman said...

It must be quite an awesome sight seeing a boat swining through the air like this! Great photos!

Zosia said...

Last weekend we went to see the new version of The Three Musketeers with the kids. The film was ridiculous, nothing to do with Alexander Duma and his story, but they did have FLYING BOATS (that obviously did not exist in the XVII century).

NatureFootstep said...

interesting shots. :)

Kate said...

Too bad that this fun season has to come to a close.

Gattina said...

Very interesting to see ! It's quiet some work !

Lew said...

Quite an operation to prepare a boat for winter. And a beautiful day to do it!

Jackie said...

Quote: "Now that the boat is on its stand, the owners can check out the boat's hull to see if it needs work.."

I imagine it is built of fibreglass, probably much easier to maintain.

I remember years ago when our wooden clinker built boat was hauled up, I spent hours beneath it scraping and choking on barnacle dust. First dh found something else to do, I guess he considered barnacle scraping 'Women's Work'..!

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