A Kiwi couple's cruising adventures on America's Great Loop and around the coast of New Zealand

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Gone but not forgotten.

As I said in yesterday's post, Kindred Spirit sold (to Richard, in Wellington) and today we had our final cruise in her from berth (slip) G39 around to the travelift for haulout onto the transporter. It was an interesting start as the upstairs helm station had been knocked into gear when Richard and his mate removed the radar arch and flybridge covers last week. As a result KS lept forward as the engine started and tried to tow the pier away - maybe she didn't want to leave, or wanted to take part of Westpark with her. It was drizzling as we drove round, but the sky cleared as she was waterblasted (pressure washed) and became a beautiful day by the time she was loaded on to the trailer. Both the 3 year old antifoul and 2 year old propspeed were in remarkable condition and she still looked very pretty, despite the condition of her topsides which are now in dire need of a repaint. Apparently when she reaches Wellington, she will be driven across Cook Strait to Picton where she will be repainted and restored to her former glory - which she justly deserves.

Anyway here are some pix of her last journey in Auckland.

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