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A Successful Lift for K1 Britannia – Friday October 18

The day dawned for our second attempt to lift K1 Britannia into the water and the Apache crane arrived and settled into place next to Venture Quays apron. The strops were positioned in a slightly different place from the last attempt and again they were carefully placed and fastened around her girth.

This time the lift was successful as her centre of gravity had been found – not an easy thing to calculate as boat owners will be aware.

K1 Britannia’s 64 ton hull was slowly raised into the air and then she swung over to the pontoon at the side of the crane. After carefully turning her hull she was lowered gently into the water right next to the pontoon and tied up safely.

As she has had some of her keel removed it was then necessary to bulk her up with ballast so that she would sit correctly in the water and 20 tons of ballast had to be put into her hold – mostly in the form of large bags of water – so that she would be able to make the journey over to Hythe.

We are now waiting for a suitable weather window to tow her across the Solent to her new temporary home.

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