27 February 2007 | Auckland
Friday 12th January 2007 was the transportation day from Drury (South Auckland) to Henderson (West Auckland).
After negotiations, we had settled to make the move with Boat Haulage who seemed to have expertise in moving boats from difficult sites. Although probably not the cheapest we felt comfortable with the recommendation of various others to engage their services.
The day dawned forecasting wet weather and we began to wonder what difficlties they would experience, seeing they had to negotiate farmland terraine to extract the vessel. The operation began at approx. 9:00am (in light drizzle) with successful jacking and side winching of a somewhat frail steel cradle (supporting an approx 9 tonne vessel), that had embedded itself in the Terra Firma for a period of 9 Years.
Next came the loading onto the trailer. The unique Boat Haulage trailer less it's rear wheels is skidded under the cradle followed by elevating the rear and refixing the trailer wheel assemblies. A difficult operation made very simple on an uneven terraine.
Once everything is securely loaded, Luke (Driver) made easy work of traversing the farm with a load that appeared to us to be too wide and top heavy for the narrow based trailer, as it rolled and rocked itself to the tarmac of the main road.
So began the 2-1/2 hour journey with a load in excess 4.8m high all marginal overhead structures had to be avoided and so we were entertained with the back streets and bypasses from one side of Auckland to the other.
7-1/2 hours later and approx $1,900 lighter in pocket, she was in her resting position for the next 2 to 3 Years.
(see the photos in the album).