The only structural point in the workshop to support 1820 was the roof beams across the roller door entrance. First, we had to skate 1820 into position, half in and half out of the workshop. We already knew from unloading 1820 off the trailer where the balance point of the hull was. This time we needed to secure the lifting strap through the centreboard slot and around only one side of the hull. That way when the chain block started to raise the hull it would naturally turn it on its side. Sounded easy and logical! Chris came down on the weekend between the first and second Covid lock down in Melbourne to help.
In principle the plan worked although without a few anxious moments at the balance point and also ensuring that we didn’t damage the hull between the sides of the roller door. Chris came up with a rope and tackle system to control the swing of the boat and finally it was upside down and sitting on the previously installed castors supporting the weight of the hull on the keel.
Half way! The picture clearly shows the stringers. The castors were attached to some of the cross beams and these were braced and secured to the keel to take the weight of the boat when turned over. You can also see the extra temporary beams added to the port side of the gunwale to distribute the weight whilst it rested on its side.